The Atlanta City Council is expected to discuss a resolution from its Finance Executive Committee calling for a review of the $500,000 in bonuses handed out by former mayor Kasim Reed before he left office at its next meeting on Monday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at City Hall.

The committee introduced a resolution on April 25 to have the city’s auditor and/or ethics officer conduct an independent review of more than $518,000 in bonuses and gifts distributed in late 2017 by Reed. The review must be completed within 30 days once the legislation is adopted.

“We have an audit and ethics department fully independent of the administration and the City Council,” said Council President Felicia Moore. “I think both need to be involved in this discussion. We’re going to leave it to them to do their best work and I’m sure they will.”

Finance Committee Chair and District 7 Councilmember Howard Shook introduced the resolution at the end of the meeting. The body of the resolution states that the Atlanta City Council determined the need to investigate the bonuses in an effort toward complete transparency and to ensure the appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

Committee members also want to determine if the bonuses violated the city’s Code of Ordinances or state law.

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.