Local governments in Georgia can use paper or computer software to comply with Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, which requires that government agencies keep records of official meetings. DeKalb County schools are in the education business, but they haven’t learned to adhere to that basic principle. School officials can’t produce minutes of two meetings where a controversial salary audit was discussed, nor the audit’s executive summary that was supposedly kept in the official file of a third meeting.
Two years ago, Davetta Johnson Mitchell was accused of stealing $40,000 of public money six to nine years ago. When she will go to trial – if ever – is anybody’s guess. Last week marked the second anniversary of her indictment for writing allegedly unauthorized checks to herself when she ran the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. It took years to seek criminal charges, prosecutors say, because the authority’s records under Mitchell were a shambles. “They were not organized in any way,” assistant district attorney Kellie Hill said. “They were simply boxes of paper.”