Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vernon Jones Looses His Mind

Vernon Jones and the politics of drinking clorox.

Read here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

An Arguement Why Some Want To Become a City

The question was asked; Why does Pine Lake have a police force?

And one persons answer is.........

The net cost to us is roughly $130,000. The city takes in about $175,000 in traffic fines annually — a figure that has been declining by double-digits for the last few years, even accounting for the dramatic pullback in fines in 2001. Our court administration costs about $100,000 a year, leaving $75,000 to offset the cost of policing.

The net present value of a $130,000 annual expenditure is roughly $2.6 million at current interest rates. That implies that eliminating police would reduce taxes sufficiently to increase aggregate property values in the city by $2.6 million.

Only, it wouldn’t. Comparable properties near Pine Lake are valued an average of about $35,000 less. Some of that can be attributed to the special nature of the city — a close-knit hippie community surrounded by the highest ratio of public parkland to overall acreage in Georgia. Some of it might be due to local planning and zoning control. But I suggest half of that can be attributed to having a police officer no more than 90 seconds from your door in an emergency. Pine Lake’s crime rate is puny, even though we’re in the middle of DeKalb County.

That $35,000 average increase in value translates into a tax digest about $6 million higher than the comparable par.

There are other reasons, too. For example, about 25-30 percent of Pine Lake’s households are gay, lesbian or bisexual. There’s added value in having a police department that can be expected to manage LGBT public safety issues with sensitivity. Also, the county’s response to property crime and code enforcement in unincorporated commercial areas near us has been … unsatisfactory … or so business owners tell us. Basically, the county cops don’t respond without significant provocation. We think the police may serve as an economic development tool as a result, if used correctly to protect property owners instead of as a ticket-issuing machine.

Copied from The Peach Pundit

Friday, July 18, 2014

Check Is in the Mail

First we were to get our raise on the first check in July. Then the next. Then the first in August, and now that has been pushed until the second check.

So, are we getting it or not? Are the funds there or not?

Maybe we'll get it the same time we get those cars that are sitting there dry rotting. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Batting 1000

Ethics complaint filed against DeKalb Commissioner Gannon

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

An ethics complaint filed Monday against DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon accuses her and an assistant of spending government money on gift cards and lawyers.

There are now ethics complaints pending against all six DeKalb County commissioners and Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May.

Gannon said the allegations are unfounded, and she said she has legitimate explanations for every expenditure in her budget.

The complaint, brought by Lithonia resident Monica Parrott, said Gannon’s assistant Michelle Walldorff bought gift cards during the Christmas season that Gannon used for her personal benefit.

Parrott also accuses Gannon of spending county money on attorneys to influence zoning decisions, and of buying votes through financial support of nonprofit organizations.

 

 

Briarside? Lakecliff? And What About Tucker?



By: Lisa George, WABE

The proponents for two proposed new cities in DeKalb County are joining forces. Advocates for potential cities called Briarcliff and Lakeside have agreed to try to agree on a map for a single city.

As Mary Kay Woodworth, head of the group now called “Lakeside-YES,” put it: “We’re dating. We’re not engaged” We’re not married. But we’re getting along well.”
They are getting along well enough to agree central DeKalb can accommodate two new cities but likely not three. According to Briarcliff proponent Allen Venet, “There just is not enough tax base to do that very easily. He added, “You could potentially create one mega-city, but that would I think would be difficult to govern. So in between those two, clearly you can create two cities, and so that is the goal I think that everybody has. The question is exactly where exactly should the lines be.”

So where does that leave Tucker? “If Briarcliff and Lakeside had announced, ‘We’ve made a deal. We’ve agreed on all our borders. We’re ready to talk to Tucker,’ we’d be saying, Hallelujah,’” said Frank Auman of the group Tucker 2015. “But they didn’t say anything like that. So Tucker’s going to keep doing what Tucker does. We’re going to keep our heads down, keep working for what’s best for our community. When time comes to have somebody to talk to, we’re prepared to talk.”

One thing on which all three already agree: to make progress toward cityhood, the maps will have to be finalized, with no overlap of boundaries, before the groups bring them to the 20-15 legislative session.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DeKalb County and Ethics (From The Peach Pundit)

June 17, 2014 13:05 pm
It turns out that DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson has been billing DeKalb County for his personal cell phone. Over the past three years it adds up to almost $5000.
From the AJC
Watson put $4,882 worth of cellphone costs on his county debit card between May 2011 and March 2014 for an average of about $140 per month paid by taxpayers, according to Verizon bills obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request.
Watson, who represents about 350,000 residents in east DeKalb, said earlier this month that the expense was justified because he used his personal cellphone to talk with residents and government officials as part of his daily job as a commissioner.
“I do use my personal phone for county business. If the county thought it was wrong, why would they pay for it for three years?” Watson said. “I don’t see the big deal about the cellphone.”
This seems a bit ridiculous. I understand that sometimes you use your personal phone for work. I know I’ve done it; the only phone number I have is my cell. That being said, I don’t have a second work issued cellphone that is paid by the company (or in this case the government).
I can’t say I really buy the “but more people know my personal number” defense either. You’re an elected official. People put their trust in you to govern effectively and fairly. Not waste their money because you want to the County Government to pay for your monthly subscription to Verizon Navigation because you can’t find Google Maps.
Maybe there’s an argument that you can partially expense your personal cell phone bill to the county because you did county business on it. That’s fine, but all $140/month for three years? That’s stretching it.
The other money quote came from our own editor Stefan. And I don’t think I could have said it better.
Stefan Turkheimer, an attorney whose practice includes political law and employment law, said charging the government for personal cellphone bills could amount to ethical and criminal violations.
“If independent people were looking at it, they’d have a hard time justifying two cellphones,” Turkheimer said. “This is not an extension of his salary. Use of his P-card is not part of his benefits package. It’s something that allows him to do his job.”
It all seems like just another day using taxpayers’ money in DeKalb county.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

And It Begins

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a wide array of documents associated with charge cards issued to DeKalb County commissioners and other county employees.

The subpoena represents another step in the investigation of possible purchasing card misuse following reports by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News about commissioners’ personal expenses on their government debit cards.

A copy of the subpoena, dated June 5, was provided by the office of Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May following a request by Channel 2.

The subpoena seeks purchasing card account statements, receipts, invoices, reimbursement records and signed user agreements.

The AJC has reported this year about commissioners’ spending of taxpayer money at Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Office Depot, the Apple online store and restaurants across the Atlanta area. Their spending records were obtained by the newspaper following open records requests.
Please read the full story on MyAJC.com.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Long Time Chief Bobby Burgess Dies

BURGESS, Sr., Robert Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department in 1957 where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service earning the honor of being the longest serving Police Chief in DeKalb County history. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Benevolent Association, POAB and was a Mason He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron & Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. & Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, GA. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=robert-burgess&pid=171266628&fhid=5281#sthash.8hO72PpP.dpuf
BURGESS, Sr., Robert Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department in 1957 where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service earning the honor of being the longest serving Police Chief in DeKalb County history. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Benevolent Association, POAB and was a Mason He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron & Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. & Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, GA. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=robert-burgess&pid=171266628&fhid=5281#sthash.8hO72PpP.dpuf
BURGESS, Sr., Robert Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department in 1957 where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service earning the honor of being the longest serving Police Chief in DeKalb County history. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Benevolent Association, POAB and was a Mason He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron & Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. & Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, GA. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=robert-burgess&pid=171266628&fhid=5281#sthash.8hO72PpP.dpufv
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf


 

 
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess.

He graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA. 

Go in peace brother.
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf

Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf
Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA.
- See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf

Robert "Bobby" Theron Burgess, Sr., 83, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1931 to Theron and Doris (Coile) Burgess he graduated Woodrow Wilson Law School and went on to work for DeKalb County Police Department where he retired as Chief after 45 years of service.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House. He was preceded in death by his First Wife, Betty B. Burgess, father, Theron S. Burgess, mother, Doris C. Burgess. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgess, three sons, Robert Theron and Kathy Burgess Jr. of Dacula, GA, Joel S. Burgess of Decatur, GA, David B. and Kayren Burgess of Dacula, GA; two Step Daughters, Sandy Pendley, Terry Pendley; Step Son, Robby Lanier; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Avondale First Baptist Church, with Dr. J. Truett Gannon, officiating burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Monday, June 09, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur, GA. - See more at: http://www.asturner.com/obituary/Robert-Theron-Burgess/Decatur-GA/1388829#sthash.l7rqJSWm.dpuf

Friday, May 30, 2014

Finally, The F.B.I. Moves In

Finally, the F.B.I. is investigating the thieving commissioners. We only have one question: What took so long?

This is exciting news. Somebody is going to jail. But we have to be patient. If you notice, each time the F.B.I. has a news release after an investigation, it starts off with "after a 2 year investigation."

It'll be worth it.

The madness......is ending? Not. It is DeKalb County after all.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
"Federal investigators are now digging into debit card spending by DeKalb County commissioners and their staffs, and agents have contacted several who've already been the subject of Channel 2 Action News investigations.

"If the FBI is a part of this and they feel like there's something to look into, they must do that, and I embrace that," Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.

May confirmed he has already been contacted by agents regarding county purchasing card policies and usage, but he declined to give specifics so as not to compromise the investigation.

Fleischer spent two months examining the commissioners' purchasing card records to expose questions about personal use and poor record keeping.

She uncovered tens of thousands of dollars spent at retail stores with no receipts; and in the few receipts commissioners did provide, Fleischer noted dozens of gift cards bought, with no documentation of who they were for. There were also many purchases of expensive electronics and accessories which are not inventoried by the county.

"Let's get everything on the table let's deal with it so we can move on," said May. "I'm sick and tired of the rumors the innuendos, the ethical allegations. We need to get to the bottom of this and we need to do it now. If the FBI is going to come in and help us resolve this, let it be so."

May said he is urging all county employees to cooperated fully with the investigation.

DeKalb County policy allows commissioners to decide how to spend the taxpayer money within their individual budgets. The purchasing cards make it easier to do that, and each commissioner signed a form acknowledging the county policy that they must keep receipts for each purchase.

Commissioners Elaine Boyer and Sharon Barnes Sutton and their aides spent a combined $30,000 at stores like Target, Walmart, Office Depot and Best Buy, without keeping the receipts. The FBI should be able to subpoena store records and find out what they bought.

"If there's nothing there they'll decide it, if they feel like there is something there then we move forward and address it accordingly," said May.

"Hey, us as taxpayers we need to know where that money went," said DeKalb taxpayer Joe Gargiulo, "I still would like to know it bought a computer, or it bought a desk, or a calculator whatever, or I took that travel trip that was so important to DeKalb County, to Tahiti."

Commissioner Sutton told Channel 2 she gives away gift cards as rewards to event volunteers. Out of 27 gift cards purchased by her aide, only one contained documentation of its purpose.

Several staffers also used the purchasing cards to buy thousands of dollars in prizes given away at a county employee appreciation picnic. No one reconciled the purchases with what was actually given away, and no one recorded which employees received which gifts.

"It upsets me, in business you always keep receipts," said Gargiulo, "I guess when you're spending other people's money you don't need to keep receipts."

Several of the commissioners and their staffers told Fleischer they would do a better job of record keeping in the future. They did not want to comment on the FBI investigation.

Poor record keeping may not be criminal, but several people also used the cards to pay for personal trips, car expenses, even a speeding ticket.

Boyer and her aide have reimbursed the county for more than $18,000 in personal purchases that should not have been on the cards in the first place. They said they didn't realize that was not allowed.

Gargiulo is glad the spending is now under investigation.

He said, "Well let me go rob a bank and if I get caught I'll say I'm sorry and return the money, if I don't get caught, I'll just keep the money, is that the way it works? I don't think so."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PATHETIC!

This all has becomes so tiring. It's the same players just down right stealing and nothing is done.

Ethics board? Funny how Sutton's name was left off the list.

But what can you expect when less then ten percent of registered voters participate in the primary election?

We throw our hands up in disgust and spit.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ethics Comes To DeKalb

Yeah, right.

Click here to read more.