Dunwoody City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser is asking that the attorney selected to represent the Board of Ethics step down.
Bonser faces an ethics hearing after an investigative report commissioned by the mayor accused her of leaking confidential information about the Georgetown redevelopment project known as Project Renaissance.
A four-page letter, written by Bonser’s attorney, Matthew Reeves, and addressed to ethics board attorney Richard Carothers, states that Carothers would not be truly independent counsel because he has been “vetted” by City Manager Warren Hutmacher. “Mr. Hutmacher is mad at Dr. Bonser because he knows that she objects to his high pay and his inclination to be a ‘big spender.’”
Reeves also suggests that the members of the Board of Ethics recuse themselves from hearing the case, “which at this point is an overly political matter which cannot be handled in compliance with traditional notions of due process.”
The letter from Bonser’s attorney accuses the city of misusing the Board of Ethics as a political tool.
“Recusal is warranted because too much rumor and innuendo has been disseminated already, too much money has been spent on a biased presentation against Dr. Bonser prior to the board’s consideration of the matter, the process has been an unfair railroading job thus far, and the nature of the complaint is essentially political rather than ethical,” the letter states.
Earlier this year, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis hired former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson to conduct an investigation after information from the City Council’s executive sessions was leaked to the public. In his report, Wilson pointed to Bonser and former City Attorney Brian Anderson as the people responsible. Both have denied leaking the information. In May, Anderson resigned and agreed to a severance package with the city in lieu of termination.