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Gannon Responds To Brookhaven Ethics Complaint

The complaint was officially made early Friday afternoon.


UPDATE at 6:32 pm: Commissioner Kathie Gannon's office issued the following statement in regard to BrookhavenYES' ethics complaint against DeKalb County. Her statement concerns Davis Fox, a staffer who engaged in a series of emails with other elected and appointed officials, over the issue of Brookhaven cityhood:

"Mr. Fox's title is policy and projects manager. As such, he analyzes issues. He has no authority or ability to implement recommendations. He is an analyst, not a decision-maker. It is absurd to draw broad conclusions from any number of things he may have written about any of a number of issues."

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UPDATE at 2:13 pm: DeKalb County says it has not engaged in a political process in the debate over Brookhaven incorporation.

Responding to BrookhavenYES' ethics complaint against the county that was filed early Friday afternoon, DeKalb spokesman Burke Brennan issued this statement:

"DeKalb County has been in receipt of several hundred emails concerning the Brookhaven issue, including some that have requested specific information.  DeKalb County has not engaged itself in a political process, however, it has responded to requests for information and service delivery, as usual. The County has also attempted to offer facts to citizens about the real cost of providing services and capital improvements to various parts of the county."

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BrookhavenYES has filed a complaint with the Georgia Government Transparancy and Finance Commission, formally charging that DeKalb County has allegedly been using taxpayer-funded resources and personnel to defeat  pro-cityhood efforts.

“We first started filing open records requests to the county back in late June,” J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES, told Patch. “There have just been too many instances in which the county seems to have been colluding with cityhood opponents over talking points and press releases and press conferences.”

At the heart of the complaint are a series of emails that BrookhavenYES says it obtained through open records requests to the county. One e-mail sent by Davis Fox, a staffer of , to Commissioner Jeff Rader and other DeKalb personnel, appears to outline a series of steps and talking points that can be used to support cityhood opponents.

The emails obtained by BrookhavenYES are attached to this article, along with a copy of the official complaint filed against DeKalb County.

“These emails that we’ve obtained are just the tip of the iceberg,” Davis said. “DeKalb has been claiming exemptions on some of the others that we’ve requested, but we believe they’re holding back the most damaging ones until the election is over and it’s too late.”

Patch has contacted Gannon’s office for a reply, but had not received one at the time of this posting.

Stay with Patch throughout the day as updates become available.

Crayola July 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I wasn't saying it was Jim Eayer. Used that as a "for instance", as an example, for illustrative purposes. Please excuse the confusionnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
Eddie E. July 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Really, So since you have two different statements within a few hours, which one was a LIE?
Dr. Jeff July 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Excuse me old man!! I have said nothing about morals.... So, this much really touch an unresolved nerve in your decrepit mind. Neither I have sold out anyone! My neighbors are free to do as they like. Now you on the other hand are an unhinged miscreant who does nothing else in life but to shove his opinions upon others, whether they like it or not. You are a negative nelly finding fault in everyone and anything that does not support your sickening radical agenda. Stop the selling Eddie, because no one is interested in you pushing your morals upon us!
Dr. Jeff July 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
The one that's a lie are those in your NO CITY PLAYBOOK, Miscreant Eddie.
HamBurger July 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM
What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max Davis spot on WSB? He appears to be a man obsessed with a sign . . . Go watch the video, how trite for someone wanting to create a new city! https://www.onlinefilefolder.com/2s55xD25VvTtU6 J. Max Davis is a man living in a fine neighborhood with their own swim club on a beautiful private lake. Really, it is a very nice area and it is not some place where you pay your 50¢ and you swim. Paying the going rate for membership in his club I seriously doubt he would ever visit one of DeKalb County’s parks with a pool. Yet, he did today for this WSB-TV news piece. And, he is clueless as to what is going on with Briarwood Park. He has absolutely no idea what those folks in Drew Valley and Brookhaven Fields are in the initial stages of planning for this park and clearly has no clue as to any of the recent renovations in the park performed by DeKalb County. Really, is this all he had? Brookhaven Yes’s J. Max Davis, a potential candidate for mayor, has absolutely no clue what is going on in Briarwood Park. He wants a new city? Please . . . Quick! Give me a Cheerwine and a special hamburger with extra yellow mustard!

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