Ethics Complaint Filed Against DeKalb County

As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click to read), yesterday we filed an ethics complaint against the DeKalb County Government and its coordinated “No City” campaign.  Click here to read the complaint.

Documents we obtained through an open records request reveal that DeKalb has used taxpayer resources to benefit the “No City” campaign.  This is illegal.

To give you an example of how pervasive the connection is, in this e-mail exchange (click to read) Jodi Cobb, treasurer of the “No City” campaign, asks CEO Burrell Ellis and DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan to make a particular public statement on Friday, April 20.

When CEO Ellis and Mr. Brennan respond favorably to the request, Ms. Cobb responds:  “Fantastic! Thank You. Any help we can get to help fight the city is appreciated.”

The next business day, Monday, April 23, CEO Ellis was on television news (click to see) saying exactly what Ms. Cobb requested that he say.

We can’t trust these folks.  They emphatically denied any connection between the “No City” campaign and the DeKalb County Government – especially CEO Burrell Ellis – in a recent public forum.

Click here to see a Brookhaven Patch video of the false “No City” denial, which begins at the 2:00 mark.  Ms. Cobb holds up a bunch of fliers and participates in the false denial at the 2:15 mark.  Please watch the video.  They’re not telling us the truth.

This e-mail (click to read) from Davis Fox, paid county assistant to Commissioner Kathie Gannon, is the most infuriating.  In an attachment titled “Items to Support the Brookhaven Opponents,” it suggests a cynical deployment of county resources to thwart the cityhood vote.  At the same time, it details the results of years of DeKalb County neglect for our community.

A “Yes” vote on July 31 is our one opportunity to end this neglect and opt-out of DeKalb County politics as usual.

Click here to read more about the ethics complaint in the Dunwoody Crier.

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