Enforcement Enforcement

Financial Disclosure Appeals Process

This description is a summary of the appeals process in financial disclosure cases.  Persons who wish to appeal should read the full text of Board Rule 8 and review the flow chart on the enforcement process.

Right to Review. Any person who is found delinquent or owes a fine for filing late in connection with the filing of an annual financial disclosure statement may seek administrative review of that decision on a form provided by the Ethics Office.   

How Seek Review.  The request for administrative review must be filed within 30 days of the date of the notice of delinquency, state the reasons for the person’s failure to comply with the financial disclosure requirements, and indicate the relief sought.   

Financial Disclosure Filing Required. Any person must file that year’s annual city financial disclosure statement before he or she is entitled to an administrative review.    

Administrative Review. The ethics officer shall conduct a review based on the written record and grant relief if the person establishes good cause for his or her failure to comply with the financial disclosure requirements. Following the review, the ethics officer shall issue a written decision that sets out findings of fact and conclusions of law.  

Appeal to Board. Any person receiving an adverse decision has the right to appeal the administrative decision to the Board of Ethics on a form provided by the Ethics Office within 30 days of the decision.     

Standard for Board Review.  The Board of Ethics will review the appeal based on the written record and overturn the factual findings of the ethics officer only if the board concludes that the ethics officer acted unreasonably, arbitrarily, or capaciously. The board shall base its decision on the preponderance of the evidence standard.

Penalties. The board may impose fines up to a maximum of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses and issue a public reprimand.  In addition, the board may recommend disciplinary action to a department and recommend to the appointing authority the removal from office of any volunteer officials who is found delinquent.  

Reporting Sanctions. The ethics officer shall communicate any penalty that the board imposes on any employee to the employee’s department head and Commissioner of Human Resources, any penalty imposed on a board member or hearing officer to the appointing authority, and any penalty imposed on a neighborhood planning unit officer to the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, the NPU coordinator, and the officers of that NPU.  

Review by writ of certiorari. The decision of the Board of Ethics shall be final. A person may appeal an adverse decision by seeking a writ of certiorari in the Fulton County Superior Court.

 

Financial Disclosure Case Flowchart

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Enforcement Case Flowchart

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Past Ethics Cases

 

Name

(Case No.)  ▾

Violation

Allegations

Outcome

Sanction

Archibong, Natalyn

(CO-13-007)

Disclosure of Interests

Official failed to disclose benefits paid to her brother’s company.

Settlement Agreement

$250 fine

Battle, Tonya

(CO-13-004)

Gratuity; Solicitation

Employee solicited funds from prohibited sources for daughter to participate in school program.

Settlement Agreement

$150 fine

Bond, Michael

(CO-14-018)

Use of city property; Gratuity; Passes, tickets, and gratuities;

Councilmember received a travel advance to attend a conference and failed to pay back the city when he did not attend; requested and received complimentary admission to ticketed events on behalf of someone other than himself; used city funds to travel to attend his family reunion and to attend an executive program class reunion; used city funds to pay for personal tutorial services and to sponsor an event for a private organization while using city property at no charge to the organization; and used city funds and labor for the production of DVDs and pins for his high school reunion.

Settlement Agreement

$3900 fine; $11,320.81 restitution

Brooks, Deborah Scott

(CO-07-006)

Use of city property

Employee in charge of rental management program waived rental fee for her daughter's wedding at City Hall.

Settlement agreement

$250 fine

Buford, Edward

(CO-13-013)

Incompatible Interests

A fire inspector provided private services to establishments where he conducted city inspections.

Violation found

$500 fine; Public reprimand

Burch, Cynthia

(CO-14-013)

Gratuity; Solicitation; Use of city property

Employee solicited and obtained free meals and food services from a local restaurant; accepted a cash gratuity from a developer during a city inspection; and misused her assigned city vehicle and city time.

Violations found

$5,000 fine; Public reprimand

Bursey, Vincent 

(CO-16-012)

Use of city property; Disclosure of income and financial interests

Employee misused his city-issued cell phone and failed to disclose his outside business on his City Financial Disclosure Statements.

Settlement agreement

$250 fine

Bush, Robert

(CO-08-001)

Gratuity

Employee accepted free lunch from contractor.

Settlement agreement

Ethics training

Collier, Ronnell

(CO-16-007)

Gratuity; Solicitation

Employee solicited and received three cash loans from a permit expediter.

Settlement agreement

$150 fine

Collins, Charlotte

(CO-14-001)

Gratuity

Employee accepted two complimentary Atlanta Falcons tickets.

Violation Found

Public reprimand

Domengeaux, Stanley

(CO-12-007)

Use of city property; Disclosure of Income and Financial Interests; Confidential Information; Incompatible Interests

Employee used city services to gain a private advantage; failed to disclose his private business on his city financial disclosure statements; used confidential information for his financial gain; and rendered private services on behalf of his company which were incompatible with his official duties as an arborist.

Violations found

$4,000 fine; Public reprimand

Godfrey, Robert

(CO-09-001)

Gratuity

Employee accepted two dinners from law firm suing the City.

Violation found

$175 fine

Goree, Stacy

(CO-07-032)

Gratuity

Employee accepted meals, golf, and all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas from vendor that provided servers to the City.

Probable cause found

Personnel action

Hall, Kwanza

(CO-08-007)

Use of city property

Councilmember used city funds to pay for email services to send political emails unrelated to city business.

Settlement agreement

$750 fine; $11,200 restitution

Henderson, Mernena

(CO-14-016)

Use of city property, Incompatible Interests

Former employee used a city copier to copy fraudulent GED certificates and referred, delivered, and collected payment for fraudulent documents on behalf of a former employee's private business and for the private advantage of others.

Settlement agreement

$200 fine; 50 hours of community service

Holloway, Kevin

(CO-07-018)

Post-employment

Former planner represented property owners on subdivision applications that he reviewed while working for the City.

Violation found

$2,000 fine

Hopkins, Michael

(CO-13-009)

Incompatible Interests; Gratuity

NPU-X Vice-Chair accepted travel paid for by a charter school seeking support from NPU-X for its Atlanta Public School Application.

Settlement Agreement

Ethics training

James, Anthony

(CO-07-031)

Gratuity

Employee accepted meals, golf, and all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas from vendor that provided servers to the City.

Probable cause found

Personnel action

Johnson, Rhonda Dauphin

(CO-10-002)

Use of city property

Employee used city labor and truck rented with city funds to move personal property during normal business hours.

Settlement agreement

$750 fine; $51.55 restitution

Levi, Ray & Shoup

(CO-08-002)

Gratuity

City contractor's employees gave meals, tickets, and all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to three city employees.

Settlement agreement

$8,383 disgorgement

Lockett, Pamela

(CO-14-015)

Use of city property

Employee used city property, equipment, and time to create and print fraudulent GED certificates, pay stubs and high school diplomas for the private advantage of herself and others.

Settlement agreement

$1,500 fine

Maddox, Sr., James

(CO-06-006)

Use of city property

Councilmember used city labor and equipment to pave his driveway apron on terms not available to the general public.

Consent order

$812.26 fine

Martin, Clarence T.

(CO-07-026)

Use of city property

Councilmember requested waiver of rental fees for private events.

Settlement agreement

$250 fine

Means, Cedric

(CO-07-025)

Use of city property

Employee used city credit card for personal purchases.

Settlement agreement

Public reprimand

Miller, Martina

(CO-14-014)

Gratuity; Solicitation

Employee solicited and obtained free meals from a local restaurant.

Settlement agreement

$300 fine

Mitchell, Ceasar C.

(CO-08-005; CO-08-006)

Contract participation; Financial disclosure

Councilmember hired his brother's company to provide services for his council office and failed to disclose the contract on his financial disclosure statements.

Settlement agreement

$5,000 fine; $10,000 restitution

Pridgeon, Greg

(CO-07-008)

Use of city property

Employee used city credit card for personal purchases.

Settlement agreement

$650 fine

Reed, Tracy

(CO-11-006)

Use of city property

Former employee had authorization to drive a city vehicle but did not have authorization for overnight use of the vehicle.

Settlement agreement

$200 fine

Shepard, Ryan

(CO-18-002)

Use of city property

Former employee submitted for and received reimbursement from the City for his personal travel and for the personal travel of a non-city employee, failed to reconcile a travel advance, and submitted for and received reimbursement for several unallowable travel expenses. 

Settlement Agreement

$500 fine;
$1,077.48 restitution

Stephens, Ronald

(CO-14-012)

Confidential Information

Employee misused confidential information when he referred a private plumber to a customer while responding to a service request as part of his official duties.

Settlement agreement

$150 fine

Watkins, Perceta

(CO-07-030)

Use of city property

Employee waived rental fee for private events

Settlement agreement

Personnel action

Willis, H. Lamar

(CO-07-028)

Gratuity; Use of city property

Councilmember accepted donations on behalf of foundation from prohibited sources and used city property to operate his foundation.

Settlement agreement

$3,500 fine

Winslow, Cleta

(CO-09-007)

Use of city property

Councilmember used city funds to pay for campaign literature and workers.

Settlement agreement

$1,500 fine; $5,420 restitution

Winslow, Cleta

(CO-13-011)

Use of city property

Councilmember used city funds to provide for the transportation of seniors in her district to a campaign kick-off event held at her campaign headquarters.

Violation found

$2,000 fine

Winslow, Cleta

(CO-14-010)

Use of city property

Councilmember sought reimbursement for a non-city sanctioned event where she engaged in prohibited distribution of campaign materials; sought and received reimbursements for a non-city sanctioned event where she provided tickets to constituents for campaign purposes; sought and received reimbursement for gas with no accounting for which occasions she was transported for city business, campaign activities or personal business and violated a previous order of the Board of Ethics for these violations of the Code of Ethics.

Settlement agreement

$3,000 fine; Public reprimand

Young, Lynnette

(CO-07-007)

Use of city property

Employee used city credit card for personal purchases.

Settlement agreement

None

 

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