Michael Julian Bond

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond will pay more than $15,000 in fines and restitution for more than a dozen violations of the city’s ethics code.

Bond was charged with billing the city for trips to his high school reunion and a family reunion, as well as requesting tickets to DragonCon, movie screenings and concerts. He also used city staff for personal projects.

Bond released an apology to the media and his supporters. Here’s an excerpt:

I apologize to the citizens of Atlanta whose confidence in me may have been shaken by this episode, and I sincerely hope they will allow me to work to regain their trust and confidence. I commit to never again place my office, my public service, or myself in question. I do acknowledge that I am responsible for the appearance of a conflict of interest and violations of the code of ethics. Accordingly, I accept full responsibility for my actions and for the operations of my office. Accountability is the first imperative. I have campaigned on the platform of accountability throughout my political career and to that end, submit to you all that responsibility rests with me.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.