According to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constituion and Channel 2 Action News, campaign donations to Brookhaven City Councilman Joe Gebbia may be ethically questionable.
The story states that the company that made the donations later secured a city contract to wash police cars. Gebbia, who is not facing ethics violations, says that the company was chosen because it was close and the cheapest.
Read the full story here.
Additionally, a report on myajc.com, a premium subscriber service, elaborates on additional questions over actions in Brookhaven and some of its neighboring new cities.
New cities in metro Atlanta, including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven, are mismanaged, ethically challenged and failing to offer the promise of stripped-down government, says the report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The article cites a handful of controversies:
• In Brookhaven, a relative of Mayor J. Max Davis won a contract with the city, Councilman Bates Mattison is said to have used city offices for private business. Like Gebbia, they have not been charged with ethics violation.
• In Sandy Springs the city is planning a $100 million city center, which critics say is too big and expensive.
• In Dunwoody the city embarked on a redevelopment project and went into debt to buy the property, with the developer paying the city back in installments.
Read the AJC’s full report here.