Ten Reasons DeKalb Vendors Demand Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall Be Fired

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Ten Reasons DeKalb Vendors Demand Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall Be Fired
By Viola Davis RN BSN
October 1, 2014

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

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 this article, “Ten Reasons DeKalb Vendors Demand Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall Be Fired”, strives to educate the public on facts they may not be aware of, and 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 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.

3. Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall engaged in acts of alleged criminal activity that produced conflicts of interest.

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.

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.

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 and allegedly 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 advice given by Kelvin Walton.

It’s time for DeKalb County taxpayers, homeowners and business owners 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 need a full forensic audit to expose the “true” financial picture and shortfalls of Watershed and Public Works. 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
• False Documentation (evidenced by fraudulent checks)
• Violation of the False Claims Act
• Fraud
• Kickbacks, Up-Charging and over-billing
• Tax Fraud

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 ask our Board of Commissioners, those that remain, to 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.

If there are people that value restoring public trust and removing this “Cloud of Corruption”, we need your help in convincing Interim CEO Lee May to immediately fire and remove Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall from the DeKalb County taxpayers’ payroll. If the CEO continues to refuse to fire Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall, we need Interim CEO Lee May to explain to the rest of us the reason, “Why”?

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