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Government Watchdog Files Complaint with Attorney General of Georgia Due To DeKalb County’s Refusal to Open Records Request

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MEMORANDUM

TO: SAM OLENS, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF GEORGIA
FROM: VIOLA DAVIS WITH UNHAPPY TAXPAYER & VOTER
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG FILES COMPLAINT WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL OF GEORGIA DUE TO DEKALB COUNTY’S REFUSAL TO ANSWER OPEN RECORDS REQUEST
DATE: MAY 19, 2015

CC: ICEO LEE MAY, DEKALB BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, RESTORE DEKALB, GEORGIA WATCHDOGS, DEKALB COUNTY WATCHDOGS AND ALL APPROPRIATE PARTIES

Government Watchdog Files Complaint with Attorney General of Georgia Due To DeKalb County’s Refusal to Answer Open Records Request

I, Viola Davis, Founder of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter, submitted a summary of the Open Records Requests denied and/or partially answered by DeKalb County Government to Burke Brennan, DeKalb County Press Secretary, on March 27, 2015. I also informed Interim CEO Lee May and DeKalb County Board of Commissioners of the denied requests.

The prior summary was directed to Burke Brennan per his request. The method in which our Open Records Requests were handled demonstrates a disparity and unequal treatment when private citizens and watchdog organizations submit requests to DeKalb County. However, Burke Brennan delivered four discs to me during a Board of Commissioner’s meeting to answer the request for Kelvin Walton’s emails from January 1, 2010 to the last day of Walton’s employment. Unfortunately, the four discs neglected to answer the following requests:

1. The original Open Records Request made October 8, 2014 to John Matelski, Chief Information Officer, and Barbara Sanders.
2. January 29, 2015 – We sent an email voicing our concern that our Open Records Request was over 3 months old. Michelle Vernon stated they were working on the federal subpoena. We reminded the department that we corrected our Open Records Request a long time ago to extend the dates to the last day Kelvin Walton worked for DeKalb County, or had access to DeKalb County records.
3. The four discs did not include all of Kelvin Walton’s emails for 2013 and 2014.
4. The four discs included emails for 2015 sent to Walton’s email, after Kelvin Walton left employment with DeKalb County.
5. The fact that the county kept Walton’s email account open after he left employment with DeKalb County needs to be investigated.
6. Why did the county purposely refuse to provide Kelvin Walton’s 2013 and 2014 emails to our watchdog ministry? However, they gave us emails dated 2015.

We request the Attorney General of Georgia, Sam Olens, investigate DeKalb County’s negligence and total disregard to adhering to the Georgia Open Records law and the pattern of behavior that “thumbs its nose” at private citizens and watchdog organizations. We plan to file a complaint with Attorney Georgia Sam Olens to hold DeKalb County accountable and restore public trust.

No Cell Towers On School Grounds Campaign – We Won!

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Statement from Get the Cell Out – Atl: Congratulations to everyone involved in every community who helped bring this subject to the forefront of their conversations and who held their elected officials accountable for their actions. And thank you to every person involved in this fight and similar battles taking place across the country. Your willingness to put yourself on the line in order to learn the truth and face skeptics should be an inspiration to others. We would never been able to stand up to the “system” here if there were not success stories of others who had faced the same Goliath, and won their battle before ours.

We appreciate Commissioner Rader and the entire DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for stepping up and taking on this fight against T Mobile while upholding the zoning code in our communities.

Regardless of any bad publicity you may have heard about our county commissioners,
they at least did the right thing for the communities they serve when they all signed a
letter to the CEO’s office, advising that any attempt to gain an “administrative permit”
instead of using the proper channels should be denied and our county’s zoning ordinances
should be upheld.

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If you have not educated yourself about the many adverse effects that have been documented about cell phone towers, please look over the many sources available on our website or email us with questions. A good source of information can also be found at the Center for Safer Wireless – http://thecenterforsaferwireless.us.

http://www.GetTheCellOutATL.org

Email:sayno2celltowers@yahoo.com

We also encourage everyone to thoroughly read the new zoning ordinance as suggested by Commissioner Rader and voice any feedback to the county commissioners and CEO’s office as soon as possible.

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Federal Judge Backs DeKalb on Denying Cell Tower Permits

In 2011, T-Mobile and the DeKalb Board of Education proposed to build cell towers on 11 school properties located in residential areas. Many citizens and parents organizations were concerned and asked DeKalb County to act. At the urging of Commissioner Kathie Gannon, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners wrote then CEO Ellis and asked that the administration refuse to issue building permits because the tower locations, while on school properties, are zoned residential, which does not permit cell phone towers. The cell tower company and the DeKalb School Board challenged the right of County government to enforce its zoning code on school properties. Recently Federal District Judge Thrash ruled that the County acted properly in refusing to issue the building permits.

“I’m pleased with the Federal Court ruling and that DeKalb enforced this protection of our neighborhoods,” said Gannon. “The cell towers will not be built on the school properties.”

The Commissioner can be reached: http://www.kathiegannon.com or email kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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Cell-phone Tower Update

One of the most pervasive signs of our mobile communications society is the proliferation of cell phone towers across the landscape. In DeKalb, the mobile communications revolution occurred after the widespread development of the landscape, so the infill installation of these structures has been perceived as intrusive in many residential neighborhoods. One recent decision and one pending regulation are relevant and noteworthy.

The recent noteworthy decision is the dismissal of a suit against DeKalb County by T-Mobile, a cellular provider. T-Mobile had sued DeKalb seeking a building permit for structures on two DeKalb County School System (DCSS) properties in District 2: Lakeside High School and Margaret Harris Comprehensive School. T Mobile had entered into a contract with DCSS seeking to invoke DCSS’s exemption from zoning regulation to erect the towers in residential districts where they are otherwise prohibited. Encouraged by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, the DeKalb County Administration declined to recognize the requested permits as exempt from zoning since the cell towers were not educational facilities. T-Mobile sued, but canceled their contract with DCSS after the Federal Courts ruled in favor of DeKalb. T-Mobile also paid DeKalb County court costs incurred in our defense.

The decision is important because it helps limit exemptions to zoning laws intended to protect neighborhoods from incompatible development. Governments (Federal, State, Local and Public Schools) retain this important prerogative, but it should only be exercised to directly advance their public mission, not simply to generate revenue.

The pending decision on the regulation of cell towers is in our new zoning ordinance, which will soon be considered by the Board of Commissioners. After considerable public input and a thorough investigation of relevant federal legislation, the current proposal would allow cellular antennas within or attached to nonresidential structures legally permitted in single-family neighborhoods. These would include houses of worship or other institutions that are legally permitted to be of sufficient height to make a cellular antenna attractive to a carrier. The new proposal would not allow the cell towers that were the object of the T-Mobile controversy.

The proposed policy turns on the inherent incompatibility of a free-standing antenna with a surrounding single family neighborhood, and not on the concerns that some citizens have about the radio waves generated by the antenna. This is important because federal communications regulations prohibit local regulation of cellular antennas based on radio wave concerns. We convened citizen stakeholders interested in this issue recently, who made suggestion on refining the policy for adoption. The new zoning ordinance can be found online at http://planningdekalb.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/finalDraftZoningCodeJan20151.pdf

The Commissioner can be reached at: http://www.commissionerrader.com or email, jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov.

Dr. Cedric L. Alexander – Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Today the President will sign an Executive Order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and announce its members. The Task Force is part of the Administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Task Force will be chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who also serves as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and Laurie Robinson, professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.

The Task Force will include law enforcement representatives, community leaders, academics, and youth leaders. Ron Davis, Director of DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office will serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force under the direction of the co-chairs. The Task Force will examine, among other issues, how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction. The Executive Order directs the Task Force to prepare a report and recommendations to be presented to the President. An initial report will be due to the President in March.

The taskforce will engage with Federal, State, tribal, local officials, technical advisors, young leaders, and nongovernmental organizations through meetings and 21st century technology to provide a transparent process to engage with the public. The Task Force will convene listening sessions where they will hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration, from invited witnesses and also receive comments and questions from the public. The first session will be held in Washington D.C. in mid-January. Subsequent listening sessions and additional outreach details, including the online public comment process, is forthcoming.

Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect. As the nation has observed, trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.
Task Force members include:

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Dr. Cedric L. Alexander

Cedric L. Alexander, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Cedric L. Alexander is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety in DeKalb County, Georgia, a position he has held since late 2013. Dr. Alexander is also the National President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. In 2013, he served as Chief of Police for the DeKalb County Police Department. Prior to this, Dr. Alexander served as Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from 2007 to 2013, and from 2006 to 2007, he was Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Alexander was Chief of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) in Rochester, New York, where he previously served as Deputy Chief of Police from 2002 to 2005. Before joining RPD, Dr. Alexander was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center from 1998 to 2002. He began his career as a Deputy Sheriff in Florida from 1977 to 1981, before joining the Miami-Dade Police Department, where he was as an Officer and Detective from 1981 to 1992. He received a B.A. and M.S. from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a Psy.D. from Wright State University.

Charles Ramsey, Appointee for Member and Co-Chair, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Charles Ramsey is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD), a position he has held since 2008. Since 2010, he has served as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Commissioner Ramsey began his law enforcement career in 1968 as a cadet with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Over the next thirty years, he held various positions with CPD, including Commander of the Narcotics Division, Deputy Chief of the Patrol Division, and Deputy Superintendent, a role he held from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC), where he served until early 2007. In 2007, Commissioner Ramsey served on the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, leading a review of the Iraqi Police Force. In addition to his current role at PPD, he also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Commissioner Ramsey received a B.S. and M.S. from Lewis University.

Laurie Robinson, Appointee for Member and Co-Chair, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Laurie Robinson is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, a position she has held since 2012. She served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Robinson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for OJP and Acting Assistant Attorney General for OJP. Previously, she was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Robinson was the Director of the Master of Science Program in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1993 to 2000, she served her first term as the Assistant Attorney General for OJP. Before joining DOJ, Ms. Robinson spent over twenty years with the American Bar Association, serving as Assistant Staff Director of the Criminal Justice Section from 1972 to 1979, Director of their Criminal Justice Section from 1979 to 1993, and as Director of the Professional Services Division from 1986 to 1993. She is a Senior Fellow at the George Mason University Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, and serves as co-chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Vera Institute of Justice. Ms. Robinson received a B.A. from Brown University.

Jose Lopez, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Jose Lopez is currently the Lead Organizer at Make the Road New York (MRNY), a Brooklyn-based non-profit community organization focused on civil rights, education reform, and combating poverty. He became Lead Organizer of MRNY in 2013. Mr. Lopez began his career in 2000 as Youth Organizer with Make the Road by Walking, which later merged with the Latin American Integration Center to form MRNY in 2007. He continued to serve as Youth Organizer with MRNY until 2009, when he became Senior Organizer. Since 2011, Mr. Lopez has represented MRNY on the steering committee of Communities United for Police Reform, a New York City organization advocating for law enforcement reform. From 2001 to 2004, he was an active contributor to the Radio Rookies Project, an initiative of New York Public Radio. He received a B.A. from Hofstra University.

Bryan Stevenson, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Bryan Stevenson is Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to directing the EJI since 1989, he is a Clinical Professor at New York University School of Law. He previously has served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan School of Law. Mr. Stevenson has received the American Bar Association’s Wisdom Award for public service, the ACLU’s National Medal of Liberty, and the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Prize. Mr. Stevenson received a B.A. from Eastern College (now Eastern University), a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Brittany Packnett, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Brittany Packnett is currently Executive Director of Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri, a position she has held since 2012. From 2010 to 2012, she was a director on the Government Affairs Team at Teach for America. Ms. Packnett was a Legislative Assistant for the United States House of Representatives from 2009 to 2010. From 2007 to 2009, she was a third grade teacher in Southeast Washington, D.C., as a member of the Teach For America Corps. Ms. Packnett has volunteered as Executive Director of Dream Girls DMV, a mentoring program for young girls, and was the founding co-chair of The Collective-DC, a regional organization for Teach For America alumni of color. She currently serves on the boards of New City School, the COCA Associate Board, the Urban League of Metro St. Louis Education Committee, and the John Burroughs School Board Diversity Committee. Ms. Packnett received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. from American University.

Susan Rahr, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Susan Rahr is Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, a position she has held since 2012. From 2005 to 2012, she served as the first female Sheriff in King County, Washington. Ms. Rahr spent over thirty years as a law enforcement officer, beginning as a patrol officer and undercover narcotics officer. While serving with the King County Sheriff’s Office, she held various positions including serving as the commander of the Internal Investigations and Gang Units, commander of the Special Investigations Section, and Police Chief of Shoreline, Washington. Ms. Rahr received a B.A. from Washington State University.

Tracey Meares, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Tracey Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a position she has held since 2007. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Deputy Dean of Yale Law School. Before joining the faculty as Yale, she served as a professor at The University of Chicago Law School from 1995 to 2007. She has served on the Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council Standing Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. She was appointed by Attorney General Holder to serve on the inaugural Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation. Ms. Meares began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Harlington Wood, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She later served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Ms. Meares received a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.

Constance Rice, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Constance Rice is a civil rights attorney and Co-Director of the Advancement Project, an organization she co-founded in 1999. In 2003, Ms. Rice was selected to lead the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel, which investigated the largest police corruption scandal in Los Angeles Police Department history. In 1991, Ms. Rice joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and in 1996, she became Co-Director of the Los Angeles office. She was previously an associate at Morrison & Foerster, and began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Rice received a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Roberto Villaseñor, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Roberto Villaseñor is Chief of Police for the Tucson Police Department (the TPD), a position he has held since 2009. He joined the TPD in 1980, and has served as Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and as Assistant Chief from 2000 to 2009. Chief Villaseñor was named Officer of the Year for the TPD in 1996, and has been awarded the TPD Medal of Merit three times. He also received the TPD Medal of Distinguished Service. Chief Villaseñor is the incoming President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and a Board Member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He received a B.S. from Park University and an M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University.

Sean Smoot, Appointee for Member, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Sean Smoot is currently Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (PB&PA) and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee (PBLC), positions he has held since 2000. He began his career with PB&PA and PBLC as a Staff Attorney in 1995, before becoming Chief Counsel of both organizations in 1997. Since 2001, Mr. Smoot has served as the Treasurer of the National Association of Police Organizations, and has served on the Advisory Committee for the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Rights Center since 1996. From 2008 to 2009, he was a policy advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Project on public safety and state and local police issues, and was a Member of the National Institute of Justice and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Smoot served as Police Commissioner of Leland Grove, Illinois from 1998 to 2008. He received a B.S from Illinois State University and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Audit: DeKalb used inflated crime stats to secure federal grants

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Audit: DeKalb used inflated crime stats to secure federal grants

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

The statistics provided by DeKalb police to federal grant holders painted a portrait of a county besieged by crime, with more than 11,000 aggravated assaults reported in 2008 alone.

But according to a recent audit by the U.S. Inspector General, that was about 10,000 too many.
The government watchdog found the county also over-reported numbers in every additional crime category. Those stats helped secure more than $2.3 million — money which will likely have to be refunded.

“It was an egregious error,” said DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander. “None of us here were in place, including the grant writer.”

The audit reviewed three grants from Community Oriented Policing Services totaling more than $4.5 million received by the county between July 2009 and September 2013. The money was to hire entry-level police officers and support efforts to reduce child endangerment, but the audit could not account for $783,186. Read the full article:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/audit-dekalb-used-inflated-crime-stats-to-secure-f/nht9T/

DeKalb County Purchase Card (P-Card) Audit

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DeKalb County P-Card Audit

Mark Niesse and Johnny Edwards wrote an article titled, “Audit: Spending reports sloppy” on October 24, 2014 in the AJC newspaper. The front page article was an investigative piece, highlighting the results of a ten year audit of the Board of Commissioners, their office staff and the clerk’s office purchase card usage.

DeKalb County has been lax in its oversight of spending by elected commissioners, and some officials frequently paid for items on their government debit cards without submitting required receipts, according to an audit released Thursday.

The audit shows the seven commissioners used taxpayer funds to pay for everything from steakhouse dinners to speeding tickets…

The DeKalb commission submitted receipts for just 57% of the transactions. However, the Purchase Card (P-card) spending by commissioners includes (according to the AJC):

1. Elaine Boyer: $103,665 with 40 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408986/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Elaine-Boyer

2. Jeff Rader: $34,606 with 77 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409024/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Jeff-Rader

3. Larry Johnson: $78,757, with 97 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409015/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Larry-Johnson

4. Sharon Barnes Sutton: $108,720, with 25 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244410962/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Sharon-Barnes-Sutton

5. Lee May: $57,283, with 39 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408974/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Lee-May

6. Kathie Gannon: $26,327, with 97 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409040/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Kathie-Gannon

7. Stan Watson: $57,937, with 78 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408999/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Stan-Watson

The DeKalb County Purchase Card (P-Card) audit on the Central Office Administration and Clerks:
https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408960/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Central-Office-and-Clerks

For the entire article, view the link : http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/report-finds-loose-spending-by-dekalb-officials/nhqw7/

NOTE: Stay tuned for our take on this so-called audit. We have not done a complete review as of this date. However, a preliminary perusal of this report leave us with a lot of questions to be asked and answered.

Restore Public Trust Memorandum to the FBI, GBI and Inspector General

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MEMORANDUM
TO: CHRIS CAMPBELL, SPECIAL AGENT WITH DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
FROM: VIOLA DAVIS
SUBJECT: RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST MEMORANDUM TO THE FBI, GBI AND INSPECTOR GENERAL
DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2014

CC: U.S. ATTORNEY SALLY QUILLIAN YATES, CEO LEE MAY, DEKALB BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT JAMES, JERALD DALTON, BARBARA SANDERS, RESTORE DEKALB AND ALL APPROPRIATE PARTIES

Restore Public Trust Memorandum to the FBI, GBI and Inspector General
By Viola Davis RN BSN
October 23, 2014

Four reasons DeKalb County vendors/contractors request expansion of the investigation by the FBI, GBI and Inspector General into Purchasing and Contracting, Public Works, IT and Watershed.

I, Viola Davis, with Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter, submitted a 2nd amendment to the ethics complaint to restore public trust against Kelvin Walton, former Director and Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting and Nina Hall, former Executive Assistant/Secretary to CEO Burrell Ellis, and former Project Manager in the Watershed Department.

With the support of Restore DeKalb, we presented evidenced in a Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint, Amendment I, that provided evidence and testimony of sworn statements by both Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall of lying to a special grand jury, taking money and/or service for personal gain, and engaging in alleged public corruption in purchasing and contracting within a DeKalb County government department. We have submitted over 420 pages of written documentation to justify Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall’s removal from the taxpayers and voters payroll.

DeKalb County has recently reorganized the Purchasing and Contracting Department that has allegedly caused ten people, thus far, to lose their jobs. Yet, the taxpayers and voters financed the salaries of Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall until October 7, 2014. Why?

It’s time for us to come to the reality that this local government has been in a crisis for far too long. As a watchdog group, we have complained for years about a “cloud of corruption” that gives DeKalb County a bad reputation as well as a black eye hindering economic development and decreasing public trust.

How can DeKalb County reorganize and cause ten people to lose their job while forcing the taxpayers and voters by continuing to pay two employees that clearly engaged in alleged illegal activity? Why did Interim CEO Lee May continue to keep Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall suspended “with pay” after such conclusive evidence and written documentation existed?

We need a full forensic audit to expose the “true” financial picture, shortfalls, and alleged criminal activity within the Watershed and Public Works Department. We need a full forensic audit of the IT and Purchasing and Contracting Department. We need an answer to the question, “Is there any criminal activity that should be prosecuted”?

Vendors and Contractors have requested a full criminal investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Inspector General (under RICO) into alleged criminal activity to include:

I. Hopie Strickland’s complaint to the Inspector General:

Bid-rigging (See Exhibit A)

Bid-rigging – Exhibit A Link

False Documentation (evidenced of fraudulent checks – See Exhibit B, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
Part 1:

False Documentation – Exhibit B Part 1

Part 2:

False Documentation – Exhibit B Part 2

Part 3:

False Documentation – Exhibit B Part 3

Violation of the False Claims Act – (See Exhibit C)

Violation of the False Claims Act – Exhibit C

Fraud – (See Exhibit D)

Fraud – Exhibit D

Kickback, Up-Charging and over-billing – (See Exhibit E)

Kickbacks, Up-charging, and Over-billing – Exhibit E

Tax Fraud – (See Exhibit F)

Tax Fraud – Exhibit F

II. Complaints from Vendors/Contractors alleging criminal activity:

A majority of the documentation above involves a vendor named, Hopie Strickland. DeKalb County staff members were present and/or involved during a majority of the meetings detailing complaints of alleged criminal activity.

However through an Open Records Request, we have identified additional vendors and complaints alleging violation of policy and procedure, violation of the LSBE Ordinance and alleged criminal activity to include:

1. R. Harris requested assistance from Purchasing and Contracting:
a. Complaint of Pass through
b. Disagreement with practice of co-signing checks to another company
c. Complaint of fraud

2. M. Mikell’s letter to Purchasing and Contracting:
a. In March 2010, the DeKalb County Auditor questioned Mikell concerning payments
b. Felton Williams and Sharon Walker were contacted by M. Mikell; however, no follow up on concerns
c. Complaint of fraudulent acts
d. Complaint of major “cover up” by DeKalb County staff
e. Requests and concerns have fallen on “deaf ears”
f. Complaint of unethical behavior and alleged fraudulent schemes/tactics

3. Email from A. Jones to Park and Recreation Department/ Purchasing and Contracting:
a. Complaint of alleged illegal activity involving single bid process
b. Purchasing Department and Parks and Recreation Department set out to target a specific entity which is illegal in itself
c. Complaint that the business did not exist at the time of the RFP

III. The 2012 Special Purpose Grand Jury strongly recommended the District Attorney criminally investigate over 10 people in addition to Burrell Ellis:

A Special Purpose Grand Jury was impaneled on January 20, 2012 pursuant to O.C.G.A 15-12-100 to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the bidding, awarding and management of contracts in the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management during the period of January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2010.

The special grand jury’s final report and presentment of its yearlong investigation into alleged corruption in county watershed department stemming back to the beginning of former CEO Vernon Jones’ administration strongly recommended the District Attorney criminally investigate the following individuals for possible indictment in addition to Burrell Ellis to include:

A. William “Wiz” Miller – Obstructing a criminal investigation.
B. Jabari Simama – Manipulation of selection committee process, perjury and bid-rigging.
C. Roy Barnes – Bid-rigging, kickbacks and perjury.
D. Hadi Haeri – Theft, false writings, perjury and bid-rigging.
E. Nadine Maghsoudlou – Theft, false writing, perjury and bid-rigging.
F. Vernon Jones – Bid-rigging and theft.
G. Paul Champion – Manipulation of the ITB process, false writings, theft and perjury.
H. Kevin Ross – Interference with government operations, manipulation of the RFP/ITB process and bid-rigging.
I. Jeffrey Walker – Theft, bid-rigging and perjury.
J. Christian Vann – False writings
K. John Willis and possibly, other individuals with Brown and Caldwell – theft, bid-rigging and perjury.

We need the FBI, GBI and/or Inspector General to expand their investigation to include the people mentioned in the special grand jury report if District Attorney Robert James continues to place his focus on Burrell Ellis instead of the ten people recommended for investigation and possible indictment.

IV. It is alleged that a Commissioner’s personal property was repaired with taxpayers’ money:

We were approached by several people alleging a DeKalb County Commissioner’s personal property was repaired with taxpayers’ money. Upon receiving the complaint, we submitted Open Records Request to obtain documentation to support the complaint. We spent over two weeks trying to get our Open Records Request answered. However, we would often experience excuses and one mistake after another that limited the information we received. Due to the number of mistakes (intentional or unintentional), we have reason to believe there are some validity to the allegations. We were given permission by one of the people making the allegation to forward the complaint to the FBI and Inspector General. We were informed the initial complaint was made to the District Attorney’s officer; however, no actions were ever taken against the Commissioner in question.

Until we place restoring public trust as a top priority, taxpayers, property owners, homeowners and business owners recommend the Board of Commissioners, those that remain, to immediately demonstrate the value they place in restoring public trust in our local government by enacting the following changes:
• Establish and fund an Internal Auditor.
• Creation of a new anti-corruption unit within the DeKalb Police Department, in concert with the FBI and GBI.
• Support the Board of Ethics and maintain its independence.

We are asking the FBI, GBI and Inspector General to demonstrate the value they place in restoring public trust in our local government by expanding their investigation to include Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall as well as staff persons in the Purchasing and Contracting Department, Public Works Department, IT and Watershed.

There are many DeKalb County taxpayers and voters that value restoring public trust and removing this “Cloud of Corruption”. We need the law enforcement agencies to take immediate action to restore public trust by removing this “cloud of corruption”.

Should CEO Lee May continue to refuse to enact a forensic audit of Purchasing and Contracting, Public Works, IT and Watershed, we respectfully request that the FBI, GBI and Inspector General exercise its given power to expand its investigation to include these department as well as Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall, based on our presentments to the Board of Ethics, such as:

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Original

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – 1st Complaint

1st amendment – Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Original/Initial Complaint

2nd amendment – Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint

1st Amendment – Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint

We strive to present enough documentation and evidence to have this case classified as a RICO case.

Respectfully submitted,

Viola Davis
Community Missionary

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint: Amendment II with Exhibits A, B, C, D, E and F

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Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint: Amendment II with Exhibits A, B, C, D, E and F
By Viola Davis RN BSN

October 13, 2014

The ten reasons DeKalb County vendors/contractors demand Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall be fired

I, Viola Davis, with Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter, submit this 2nd amendment to the ethics complaint to restore public trust against Kelvin Walton, former Director and Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting and Nina Hall, former Executive Assistant/Secretary to CEO Burrell Ellis, and former Project Manager in the Watershed Department.

With the support of Restore DeKalb, we presented evidenced in a Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint, Amendment I, that provided evidence and testimony of sworn statements by both Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall of lying to a special grand jury, taking money and/or service for personal gain, and engaging in alleged public corruption in purchasing and contracting within a DeKalb County government department. To date, we have submitted over 350 pages of written documentation to justify Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall’s removal from the taxpayers and voters payroll.

DeKalb County has recently reorganized the Purchasing and Contracting Department that has allegedly caused ten people, thus far, to lose their jobs. Yet, the taxpayers and voters continue to finance the salaries of Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall. Why?

It’s time for us to come to the reality that our local government has been in a crisis for far too long. As a watchdog group, we have complained for years about a “cloud of corruption” that gives DeKalb County a bad reputation as well as a black eye hindering economic development and decreasing public trust.

Now we are faced with the serious issue of having local politicians indicted for illegal activity and violation of their oaths of office. Yet, a few politicians continue with the same excuses that interfere with the quality of life our community deserves. Our county employees, police and firemen have gone over five years without raises or even a cost of living increase until this last budget year. When will the crisis end? When will a high quality of life and increased public trust begin?

The title of an article, “Ten Reasons DeKalb Vendors Demand Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall Be Fired”, was written to educate the public on facts they may not be aware of and to apply “heat” to Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May to take action and fire two employees who have clearly engaged in alleged criminal activity. The reasons stated in the article to fire Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall include:

1. Kelvin Walton funneled cash from vendors to a county employee who served on approximately fifteen selection committees for DeKalb County projects. The employee’s name is Nina Hall, formerly the executive assistant/secretary to CEO Burrell Ellis.

2. Kelvin Walton headed a department that practiced out-of-control nepotism and cronyism that fueled alleged criminal activity. Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall violated their job descriptions. Yet, Interim CEO Lee May suspended Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall with pay at a combined taxpayers’ payroll cost of approximately $228,800.
Kelvin Walton’s job description violations include:

One – Reviews procurement activities/documents for compliance with establishing purchasing procedures, federal, state, and local laws. Kelvin Walton violated the established policy and procedure of Purchasing and Contracting and placed the taxpayers and voters of DeKalb County at risk for litigation.
Two – Develops and maintains good business relationships with vendors’ personnel through professional, impartial, and objective dealings with all suppliers, including problem resolution. Hopie Strickland and Alessandro Salvo were denied a fair hearing to resolve their problems that identified alleged criminal activity.
Three – Directs the Contract Compliance division to ensure efforts are being made to foster economic growth of M/WBE/LSBEs by developing First Tier and Second Tier purchasing opportunities. The alleged criminal activity adversely affected the minority companies and forced many to engage in activity that violated the policy, procedure, and LSBE ordinance.
Four – Manages the Invitation to Bid and Request for Proposal process for the county. Kelvin Walton’s alleged criminal activity made a mockery of the bid process.
Five – Mediates disputes between end users and supplies, when necessary. Hopie Strickland and Alessandro Salvo were refused fair mediation.

Nina Hall’s job description violations include:

One – Plans and organizes special events, public hearings, and meetings. Nina Hall refused to plan a meeting between Hopie Strickland and CEO Burrell Ellis because she allegedly knew that Strickland made claims of bid-rigging, kickbacks, false checks, etc. Hall was not hired to serve on the selection committees which allegedly enabled Hall to carry out the will of Kelvin Walton in return for “kickback” funding.
Two – Responds to request for information from CEO and BOC and prepares reports containing findings and recommendation. Reports on problems within the Purchasing and Contracting Department were withheld from CEO Burrell Ellis.
Three – Drafts correspondence for approval of superiors (CEO, Executive Assistant/COO, BOC, etc.) necessary for responding to citizens inquires. Hopie Strickland, a DeKalb County vendor, went years with his complaints being ignored.
Four – Acts as liaison to citizen groups and special teams created to review special projects. Hopie Strickland was denied a meeting with CEO Burrell Ellis because of the close relationship and alleged criminal activity Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall managed to operate undetected.

3. Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall engaged in acts of alleged criminal activity that produced conflicts of interest.
Please view the following videos:

(1) DeKalb County News Sewer Project Corruption:

(2) Whistleblower against DeKalb employees believes he was targeted:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/whistleblower-against-dekalb-employees-believes-he/nYyxx/

(3) DeKalb special grand jury recommends 12 for criminal investigation:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/breaking-grand-jury-report-documents-alleged-corru/nZYYD/

(4) DeKalb Corruption witness discusses experience:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/dekalb-corruption-witness-discusses-experience/nbdsZ/

http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/key-dekalb-county-corruption-witness-breaks/vCHKrz/

(5) DeKalb Corruption against LSBE Vendors:

4. Kelvin Walton, under oath, willfully lied multiple times during his May Special Purpose Grand Jury Testimony and Walton admitted under oath that he lied to the Grand Jury.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/229056323/State-vs-W-Burrell-Ellis-Supplement-to-Supplemental-Motion

5. Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall both refused to answer questions and pleaded the fifth, citing the self-incrimination rule. Kelvin Walton refused to answer 343 questions for fear of self-incrimination. Nina Hall refused to answer 30 questions for fear of self-incrimination.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-official-refuses-answer-343-questions-fear-/nfDKt/

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid836881587001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAFIvhljk~,Nz7UFI321EYoDFWhcIAZKj2ZX6ZuGWU-&bclid=1138058770001&bctid=3799988018001

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/government-employees-testify-against-dekalb-ceo-el/nhRtX/

6. Kelvin Walton assisted elected officials and high staff officials in engaging in alleged criminal activity causing an investigation which involves the FBI, US Attorney General, Department of Revenue and the Inspector General.

7. Nina Hall first denied ever receiving gifts or cash from vendors under oath. However, she eventually confessed to receiving cash from Kelvin Walton that allegedly came from Michael Hightower.

8. Kelvin Walton accepted a gift/service from a vendor of cash value without paying for the service.

9. Vendors and employees’ complaints that identified waste, mismanagement, alleged illegal activity by contractors and Kelvin Walton were ignored.

10. Board of Commissioners and DeKalb County staff members’ conflicts of interest that were a cause of action for major media investigations were incorrectly based on information and advice given by Kelvin Walton.

We are asking the Board of Ethics to send a message that we want the madness to end. The local government should focus on the needs of the public, provide a high quality of life, and restore public trust.

We are depending on the Board of Ethics to act and fire Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall if Interim CEO Lee May refuses to do his job by terminating them immediately from the taxpayers’ payroll.

How can DeKalb County reorganize and cause ten people to lose their job while forcing the taxpayers and voters to continue to pay two employees that have clearly engaged in alleged illegal activity? Why has Interim CEO Lee May continued to keep Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall suspended “with pay” after such conclusive evidence and written documentation exists?

We need a full forensic audit to expose the “true” financial picture and shortfalls of Watershed and Public Works Department. We need a full forensic audit of the Purchasing and Contracting Department. We need an answer to the question, “Is there any criminal activity that should be prosecuted”? Vendors and Contractors have requested a full criminal investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into alleged criminal activity to include:

Bid-rigging (See Exhibit A)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242749171/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Exhibit-A-Bid-rigging-and-or-Contract-Splitting?secret_password=VzdkrRvTkxBBqv56Ebt0

False Documentation (evidenced of fraudulent checks – See Exhibit B, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242319513/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-False-Documentation-Evidenced-By-Fraudulent-Check-Exhibit-B-Part-1?secret_password=A0MVACzh8Jbeq09KIcwT

Part 2

Part 3

Violation of the False Claims Act – (See Exhibit C)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242750407/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Exhibit-C-D-E-and-F?secret_password=Es5GX59EJUy1wVKrzELZ
Fraud – (See Exhibit D)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242750407/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Exhibit-C-D-E-and-F?secret_password=Es5GX59EJUy1wVKrzELZ

Kickback, Up-Charging and over-billing – (See Exhibit E)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242750407/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Exhibit-C-D-E-and-F?secret_password=Es5GX59EJUy1wVKrzELZ

Tax Fraud – (See Exhibit F)

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242750407/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Exhibit-C-D-E-and-F?secret_password=Es5GX59EJUy1wVKrzELZ

Until we place restoring public trust as a top priority, taxpayers, property owners, homeowners and business owners will have increased lack of trust in our local government. We are asking that the Board of Ethics recommend the Board of Commissioners, those that remain, to immediately demonstrate the value they place in restoring public trust in our local government by enacting the following changes:

• Establish and fund an Internal Auditor.
• Creation of a new anti-corruption unit within the DeKalb Police Department, in concert with the FBI and GBI.
• Support the Board of Ethics and maintain its independence.

We are asking our Board of Ethics to demonstrate the value they place in restoring public trust in our local government by firing Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall if Interim CEO Lee May refuses to immediately do so as we have requested.

There are many DeKalb County taxpayers and voters that value restoring public trust and removing this “Cloud of Corruption”. We need the Board of Ethics to take immediate action to restore public thrust by removing this “cloud of corruption”.

Should CEO Lee May continue to employ Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall with pay, we respectfully request that the Board of Ethics exercise its given power to terminate Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall based on our presentments to the Board of Ethics, such as:

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Original

1st amendment – Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint

2nd amendment – Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242320633/Restore-Public-Trust-Ethics-Complaint-Amendment-II-Executive-Summary?secret_password=ffvecAKCeAvJWh2lRn4Q

Respectfully submitted,

Viola Davis
Community Missionary

Restore DeKalb Presents People’s Forum I & II – September 13th at 9:30am

restore $100 million to dcss

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2014

FROM: Viola Davis, Founder
Restore DeKalb
P.O. Box 831894,
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
CONTACT:
Phone: 404-573-2813
Email: RestoreDeKalb@gmail.com
Website: http://restoredekalb.org

Restore DeKalb Presents People’s Forum I & II
PEOPLE’S FORUM I & II

Learn what the politicians don’t want you to know at the Sanford Realty Company Conference Center, 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30083:

• Forum I – September 13, 2014
• Forum II – October 11, 2014
• Both start at 9:30am

  • HELP RESTORE $100 MILLION TO DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM (DCSS)
  • HELP STOP THE REMOVAL OF OVER $100 MILLION DOLLARS FROM DCSS SINCE 2006 TO TAX POOR/RECEIVER COUNTIES SUCH AS GWINNETT.
  • HELP RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST (UPDATE ON ETHICS COMPLAINTS)

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We are forwarding links to the petition, resolution, flyers, and brochure (etc.) for Restore 100+ Million to DeKalb County School System. If we had this money, we would have enough money to finance the following:

• We would not need the money from cell towers on school grounds
• We would have enough money to finance charter clusters
• We would have enough money to increase the pay of our school employees
• We would have enough money to finance the needs of our refugee students
• Etc.

1. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Resolution: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208057170/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Resolution

2. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Petition: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208056402/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Petition

3. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Brochure Front: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208055182/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Brochure-Front

4. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Brochure Back: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208055888/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Brochure-Back

5. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Flyer Front: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208053232/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Flyer-Front

6. Restore $100 Million To DCSS – Flyer Back: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208054138/Restore-100-Million-To-DeKalb-County-School-System-Flyer-Back

7. Restore $100 Million to DCSS – PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208788430/Restore-100-Million-to-Dekalb-County-School-System-DCSS-Restore-DeKalb-Presentation-PDF-File

8. Restore DCSS Funding Video: Redistribution of Wealth – DCSS with Tom Bowen: http://youtu.be/xW38VZ-lOKM

9. Restore DCSS Funding Video: Inequity in Funding & Redistribution of Wealth with Rep. Billy Mitchell:

Time for Parrott to prove libelous and defamatory statements in Kathie Gannon’s Ethics Complaint

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Memo
To: Chairman John Ernst, DeKalb Board of Ethics, Interim CEO Lee May, Executive Assistant, Zach Williams, District Attorney, Robert James, Lori Dennis, Travis Cherry, Scott Callan, Morris Williams, Commissioners Chief of Staff and Barbara Sanders, Clerk of the CEO and Commission
From: Viola Davis
cc:
Office of the State and Federal Inspector Generals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sally Quillian Yates, DeKalb Board of Commissioners, Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter, CTEA, Restore DeKalb and all Appropriate Parties.
Date: July 10, 2014

Re:
Documentation of Monica Parrott’s Open Records Request for Official Government Information Regarding Commissioner Kathie Gannon’s Ethics Complaint

Documentation of Monica Parrott’s Open Records Request for Official Government Information regarding Commissioner Kathie Gannon’s Ethics Complaint

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Law (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70 et seq.)(The Law) and/or Freedom of Information Act, copying: all files, records, and other documents of Monica Parrott’s Open Records Request for Official Government Information regarding Commissioner Kathie Gannon’s Ethics Complaint to include:

1. Parrott’s Open Records Request for Bank of America records with Lori Dennis’ name at the top and dated:
a. October 05, 2012 – November 04, 2012 (Page 28 of 30)
b. December 05, 2012 – January 04, 2013 (Page 15 of 16)
c. February 05, 2013 – March 04, 2013 (Page 25 of 26)

2. Parrott’s Open Records Request for Bank of America records with Travis Cherry’s name at the top and dated:
a. April 05, 2013 – May 04, 2013 (Page 27 of 30)
b. May 05, 2013 – June 04, 2013 (Page 31 of 32)
c. November 05, 2013 – December 04, 2013 (Page 15 of 16)
d. July 05, 2013 – August 04, 2013 (Page 28 of 30)
e. December 05, 2013 – January 04, 2014 (page 14 of 16)

3. Parrott’s Open Records Request to the finance department for copies of the Bank of America Bank Statements and documents quoted concerning Commissioner Kathie Gannon’s payments to nonprofits for “kickbacks”.

4. Parrott’s Open Records Request to Purchasing and Contracting for financial information regarding Commissioner Gannon’s Ethics Complaint.

It is important to increase transparency, ethics, and accountability in DeKalb County Government. It is paramount that we increase “Public Trust” in DeKalb County. We must hold our elected officials and their staff accountable.

DeKalb County government (legislative and administrative) must be investigated to assess if any government resources, staff, finances, etc. were used to assist Monica Parrott in filing the ethics complaint. We must verify the following:
• Did Monica Parrott receive any assistance in compiling the ethics complaint against Commissioner Kathie Gannon from elected officials and/or government officials/staff?

• Did Monica Parrott obtain the information provided in the ethics complaint through the help of elected officials and/or government officials/staff to intimidate, humiliate, and retaliate, etc. against private citizens?

Monica Parrott’s ethics complaint against Commissioner Kathie Gannon contain false statements that are libelous and defamatory. We request the opportunity to subpoena Parrott to give a sworn deposition concerning the accusations stated as fact in her ethics complaint. We are particularly interested in the involvement of a third party or parties in these malicious statements.

The statements involving Viola Davis and the Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter ministry involve:
• Defamation of character
• False accusations with total disregard of research
• Intention to defile our reputation of respect, adhering to high ethical standards, honesty and integrity
• Reckless disregard for the truth

We have proof of the following facts to correct the libelous and defamatory statements made in Kathie Gannon’s ethics complaint by Monica Parrott to include:

• Commissioner Kathie Gannon has not paid Viola Davis and/or Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter “one penny” in money or any other in-kind financial support…period.

• Viola Davis and/or Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter has never received illegal financial support of any kind to include “kickbacks” from Commissioner Gannon or any other party.

• Viola Davis, co-founder of Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter, is not presently a member of PRISM due to the lack of payment of membership dues for over 1+ years. However, Davis thanks Monica Parrott for reminding her to renew her membership.

• Viola Davis is not part of a nonprofit “whose 501 (c) (3) status has been revoked by the IRS for non-compliance with its reporting requirement”.

• Viola Davis and the Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter ministry are not political operatives of Commissioner Kathie Gannon or any other elected official.

• Viola Davis is a critical care registered nurse (License number – RN101605 issued 9/18/1991) with over 20+ years’ experience in MICU, SICU, and CCU. As a Veteran with an honorable discharge from the military, I, Viola Davis, am a commissioned officer trained in combat nursing. The statement, “questionable income” is libelous and defamatory especially since Monica Parrott continuously references illegal activity throughout the ethics complaint.

• Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter, Inc. was registered with Georgia Secretary of State on 4/19/2002. On April 21, 2004, a U.S. federal trademark registration (serial number 78405400) was filed for Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter. We have spent over 12 years earning the respect of the community. We are known for our research, advocacy, and educating the public on serious social and political issues. We are a government watchdog organization/ministry. We analyze the manner in which taxpayer funds are spent and disseminate the results to the public with the purpose of encouraging fiduciary responsibility amongst elected officials. (View the Link)

A federal complaint was filed by Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, Office of the Inspector General, United State Attorney General and the Department of Revenue on September 2013:

Ethics complaints were filed against Kelvin Walton, Nina Hall, Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and Judy Brownlee:

We also recently attended a meeting with the offices of the federal and state Inspector Generals. We requested information/documents on protection for witnesses and government employees with knowledge of illegal activity, wrongdoing, waste, mismanagement, abuse, etc. We have an obligation to educate the public and government employees who fear acts of intimidation and retaliation.

We’re afraid this ethics complaint filed by Monica Parrott is an example of retaliation for attempting to hold our elected officials and government agencies accountable. The libelous and defamatory statements within the ethics complaint are acts of retaliation.

We request a full investigation into the method that Monica Parrott obtained her information if no Open Records Request was ever filed. Once again, we view such acts as retaliation.

If this request is denied in whole or in part, we ask that you cite in writing the specific statutory exemption upon which you have relied, as required by law, we also ask that you release all separate portions of otherwise exempt material. Please waive any costs associated with this request, or first inform us about such costs as required by Georgia Law.

As you know, the Law requires a response by you within three business days of your receipt of this Open Records Request and provides sanctions for non-compliance. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 770-256-0034 or via email at UnhappyTaxpayers@gmail.com.
Sincerely,

Viola Davis
Community Missionary

Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Amendment 1

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Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Amendment 1

Viola Davis
909 Rays Road
Stone Mountain, Ga. 30083

June 9, 2014

DeKalb County Board of Ethics
Clark Harrison Building
330 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Dear DeKalb County Board of Ethics:

I, Viola Davis with Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter, submit this 1st amendment to the ethics complaint to restore public trust against Kelvin Walton, former Director and Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting and Nina Hall, Former Assistant to CEO Burrell Ellis, and former Project Manager with the Watershed Department.

I presented evidence during an executive meeting of Restore DeKalb on Friday, May 29, 2014 which included documentation from the grand jury case against former CEO Burrell Ellis. I have received the full support of Restore DeKalb to submit a Restore Public Trust Ethics Complaint – Amendment 1 against Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall concerning the public corruption case related to purchasing and contracts within the Watershed Department.

I submit an amendment to include sworn statements of both Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall from the grand jury report located in the document titled, “State vs. W. Burrell Ellis Supplement to Supplemental Motion to Suppress the Search of Mr. Ellis’ residence and Mr. Ellis’ Office and Seizure of Evidence and Motion to Suppress Wire Communications and Text Messages”. The document has 170 pages.

The documented evidence is placed in bullet points to highlight important testimony that will support the DeKalb County Board of Ethics removing Walton and Hall from the taxpayers’ payroll. Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall need to be remove from the taxpayers’ payroll for following reasons:
• Kelvin Walton willfully lied multiple times during his May Special Purpose Grand Jury Testimony.
• Kelvin Walton admitted under oath that he lied to the Grand Jury.
• Kelvin Walton refused to answer 343 questions for fear of self-incrimination. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-official-refuses-answer-343-questions-fear-/nfDKt/
• Kelvin Walton funneled cash from vendors to a county employee who served on approximately fifteen selection committees for DeKalb County projects. The employees name is Nina Hall, formerly the executive assistant to CEO Burrell Ellis.
• Kelvin Walton accepted a gift/service from a vendor of cash value without paying for the service.
• Nina Hall first denied ever receiving gifts or cash from vendors under oath. However, she eventually confessed to receiving cash from Kelvin Walton and allegedly Michael Hightower.

In the document dated May 7, 2014, Attorney Arthur Leach stated there was no actual factual allegations against his client (Kelvin L. Walton) in our complaint. Leach also stated Kelvin L. Walton cannot engage in the process until he testifies in the pending case involving the former CEO of DeKalb County. (See attachment)
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics must be made aware of the following facts concerning Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall’s testimonies within the grand jury document identified above to include:

I. Kelvin L. Walton Testimony:

a. Kelvin Walton takes the oath and solemnly swears or affirms that the evidence he gave the Grand Jury on his presentment shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him God. (Page 190 — Defendant’s exhibit D)
b. Juror Number 10 asked Kelvin Walton, “Does this leave the county open for lawsuits, I mean, liable for”. Kelvin Walton said, “It does, ma’am”. (Page 225)
c. Kelvin Walton said, “We are not in the business of paying anyone that’s even related to somebody that work for the County.” Despite stating this fact, Walton allowed Jeff Walker, brother of a county worker named John Walker, receive contract payments from vendors. (Page 148)
d. Kelvin Walton claimed he was not aware Brown and Caldwell paid Jeff Walker when they had the large mapping contract with the county. (Page 150)
e. Walton claimed he was not aware that Brown and Caldwell was forced to add Hadi Haeri to their mapping contract until he met with Francis Kung’u and Ted Rhinehart. (Page 151)
f. During Walton’s first testimony to the Grand Jury, he claimed that he never had anyone perform services at his home. (Page 151)

II. Kelvin Walton’s Second Appearance before the Grand Jury:

a. Kelvin Walton takes the oath and signed the written oath. (Page 104)
b. Kelvin Walton admits there was something that he was not truthful about with the Grand Jury previously. (Page 105)
c. Walton said, “First of all, I want to apologize to the Grand Jury. I was not, you know, as truthful as I should have been the time that I was here.”
d. Walton said, “As it relates to the matter with Paul Champion, I did meet him in the parking lot at Walmart, but I did not solicit any funds from him. Paul Champion did cut down trees for me and I believe that he was trying to hold that against me because the County was not paying him for the bill that the County owed him (Champion) for the trees that he said that he cut down.” (Page 106)
e. Walton claimed Paul Champion offered him cash and he said that he (Walton) did not operate like that. (Page 107)
f. Kelvin Walton said, “But again, I want to apologize. I was not truthful. I was nervous. I had never done this before. Again, I’ve been in the business 20 years and never faced this type of situation and I lied and I apologize for that.” (Page 108)

III. Kelvin Walton’s testimony dealt with contractors under investigation and controversial events within DeKalb County government to include:
a. Kelvin Walton said, “Then Neville Anderson, whoever he is from some company, called Morris Williams this weekend and said that Jeff Walker and Dr. Taylor called him and said, did Morris ever ask you for any money, we need to lead the DA to somebody else. And the young man said, I don’t know what you’re talking about”. (Page 163) …”Tony Taylor used to work for a company called Parsons.” (Page 163-165)
b. Walton discusses a bogus company on page 171.
c. Kelvin Walton said that the last time he spoke with CEO Jones was right after he got out of office. He saw him at the Arizona Restaurant in Lithonia. (Page 182)
d. Kelvin Walton and Vernon Jones are in the same fraternity. Walton met David Gallemore in Morris William’s office during the Jones Administration. David is a fraternity brother as well. (Page 183-184)
e. Morris Williams said, “I heard that they asked David Gallemore about a letter, Kelvin, and I said what letter…He said, you know, they were bad mouthing my company, telling – they were going around telling other companies don’t utilize G4Enterprise”. (Page 185-186)
f. Kelvin Walton acknowledged Mr. Gallemore had an inappropriate relationship with Jeff Walker’s wife. Walton went on to confirm that the inappropriate relationship was a sexual relationship. (Page 187)
g. Walton said the following concerning Richard Stogner, “Richard Stogner and Samit Roy, who is the owner of Scicom, went to see former Governor Roy Barnes the other day. They had a meeting with him because I guess he’s going to represent them as this thing develops. And they wanted me to come, you know because they – that I was going to need representation as well. And I told them, no, I’m Okay. And I’ve got things to do on the job anyway. You know, I’m going to tell the truth. I just don’t feel that I need a lawyer right now.” (Page 187-188)
h. Walton went on to say, “They said, okay, you’re sure? So they went and Roy Barnes told them – According to Richard after they got back – said former Governor Roy Barnes said that they didn’t have anything to worry about because based on what they told him, he didn’t see anything wrong with him using federal contracts splitting them at $49,000, and stuff like that. He just didn’t see the issue that he was going to call DA James and talk to him about the situation, to let him know that this is – it’s really nothing. So, in other words, just trying to get him out of it.” (Page 188)
i. Kelvin Walton explained how he and Richard Stogner broke contracts down to $49,000 (Pages 188-190). And he (Richard Stogner) knows that Samit Roy—Scicom is a good company, they do good work. And- but other companies have complained about never getting some of the IT work. (Page 188-191)

IV. Nina Hall Testimony:

a. Sworn testimony began on page 152.
b. Nina Hall stated she was the assistant to DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis and worked for Ellis four years in his capacity as the CEO, and a year and a half – he was a county commissioner. (Page 152)
c. Hall stated that she “served on committees with the community development group in terms of the grant process in the county, giving out grants to nonprofit organizations. And I have served on selection committees”. (Page 154)
d. Hall served on committees related to the procurement process for about two years. (Page 154)
e. Kelvin Walton presented Hall the opportunity to serve on some select committees. (Page 155)
f. Hall stated she knew Walton for six years and that they were friends. (Page 156)
g. Hall went out to dinner with vendors. She went to dinner with Kelvin Walton and Barry Bennett, where Bennett paid for the dinner. (Page 233)
h. Hall initially stated that she was “not aware of any vendor or a vendor representative indirectly giving a gift, be it, a physical gift or a monetary gift to any county employee, starting with the CEO, and all the way down”. (Page 234)
i. Nina Hall said, “Well, I mean my friend Kelvin, he gave me some money to help me out with something and he did say that he got it from some of his –some of his friends. Hall acknowledges that she received money from Kelvin Walton and a vendor friend allegedly Michael Hightower. (Page 235)

In the name of transparency, ethics, and accountability, we submit this ethics complaint amendment to restore public trust.

Sincerely,

Viola Davis
Community Missionary

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/229056323/State-vs-W-Burrell-Ellis-Supplement-to-Supplemental-Motion