Atlanta’s Board of Ethics, which has operated for six months without an ethics officer, will have to make do a bit longer. Stacey Kalberman, the board’s unanimous choice for the job, withdrew Sunday as the City Council pondered whether to choose the ethics officer itself. “I frankly became disheartened when that happened,” Kalberman said.
An Atlanta city councilman who tangled with the city’s ethics officer last year wants to place that job under the council’s control. Lamar Willis‘ proposal calls for the Board of Ethics to give the council three names to consider, rather than just one, to fill a vacancy pending since September. Ethics advocates fear the plan would politicize the appointment process and jeopardize the board’s independence. Former ethics officer Ginny Looney won settlements against Willis and five other council members since 2008
. Willis said his proposal has nothing to do with his $3,500 ethics fine nor his complaint that the board’s case against him was “piling on” and not even “remotely necessary.”
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The Doraville City Council has voted unanimously to oppose building a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons on the site of the former General Motors plant. DeKalb County officials are pursuing a public-private partnership to redevelop the 160-acre site, but they have not confirmed that a new home for the Falcons is in the mix. Doraville council members were not so coy.
A federal jury ruled today that race played a role in 2004 when College Park fired a white department head. The jury awarded Christopher Jones, the city’s former director of economic development, $75,000 each in punitive damages from Councilmen Charles E. Phillips Sr. and Tracey Wyatt, plus attorney’s fees. The award is less than a proposed $740,000 settlement. But the city’s legal fees could add $1 million or more to its tab.
(UPDATE: Jurors got the case Thursday and deliberated for three hours or so. They’ll resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.)
More than a year ago, the city of College Park rejected settling a fired employee’s reverse-discrimination lawsuit for $740,000. Now the city is in federal court, where a jury’s pending decision will determine whether that was a good call. Christopher Jones, the city’s former director of economic development, sued in 2005 after a three-member majority of the City Council voted to let him go.
Atlanta’s public pension funds are $1.2 billion in the hole, largely the result of shortsighted decisions at City Hall over the last eight years. A new report calls, among other things, for slashing benefits for new employees. But those steps won’t help much with the funds’ current liabilities. Legally, the city cannot take back benefits that workers have already earned. Read how four candidates for mayor want to fix things.
By JIM WALLS Atlanta police are breaking the law that requires them to turn over files to a citizen oversight board that investigates complaints against officers, one of the law’s chief sponsors says. Police – and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s chief of staff – counter that they’re actually upholding state law protecting open investigative files by […]