A former DeKalb County zoning official pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to a federal bribery charge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Jeremy “Jerry” Clark, a former member of the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals, was accused of taking money in exchange for voting to allow a business to operate as a late-night dance club in Tucker, according to a Feb. 19 press release.

“It took only $3,500 to subvert the purpose of this DeKalb zoning ordinance, which was to regulate the operation of late-night nightclubs,” Acting United States Attorney John Horn said in a press release. “This case demonstrates how a corrupt public official can sell out the legitimate interests of the communities and citizens he serves, solely for his own profit.  DeKalb County citizens deserved better.”

A sentencing hearing for Clark is scheduled for April 30.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.