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In secret recordings, police chief refutes hardship for payout

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is refuting that roughly $80,000 he received in exchange for unused vacation time was due to a personal hardship, according to a secret recording obtained by Channel 2 Action News. Instead, WSBTV reports, Turner told a group of officers that he didn’t have a hardship. ...

Sunday voting begins in Georgia

Fulton County voters will cast their ballots this Sunday to become the first from among at least nine Georgia counties that have joined this year in a historic effort to hold early voting this fall on what’s traditionally an off day at the ballot box.Whether it’s a one-shot deal or ...

Mystery request adds to stadium controversy

A private investigative firm’s request for more than 10,000 emails related to the Braves stadium deal has some citizens and Cobb commissioners wondering if the firm’s mystery client is targeting them for speaking out against the project — and Chairman Tim Lee’s controversial handling of it during the past year.The ...

Gwinnett names transportation director

Gwinnett County has named an acting replacement for the county’s retiring transportation director.Alan Chapman, the current deputy transportation director, will replace Kim Conroy, who retires Oct. 24.Chapman came to the county’s Department of Transportation in 1997, and worked as a project manager for the road improvements capital program. In 2004, ...

MARTA board chair: Clayton could have rail in 5-7 years

On Nov. 4, Clayton County voters have a chance to embrace a transportation plan that county leaders say is more tailored to their needs than TSPLOST, the $7.2 billion regional plan rejected by voters two years ago.If voters agree to join MARTA , the community then will help decide through ...

Gwinnett names new police chief

Gwinnett County has named a new police chief to replace the retiring chief, Charlie Walters.A.A. “Butch” Ayers will take over the role Oct. 25. Walters is retiring after 35 years with the department.Ayers, a 30-year-veteran of the Gwinnett Police Department, began his law enforcement career with the county. He is ...

Jury reaches no verdict in DeKalb CEO Ellis case after 9 days

4:58 p.m. — Jurors finished their ninth day of deliberations, still not reaching a verdict in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.The 12 women, plus the two men and the woman serving as alternates, are to be back Monday morning for a 10th day of reviewing ...

 Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Elliss in court Thursday October 16, 2014. The jury sent a note to judge Courtney Johnson saying they could not reach a verdict. Johnson sent a message back to the jury to keep working toward reaching a decision. Ellis is charged with 13 counts, including bribery, theft, extortion and perjury. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Jury remains split in trial of DeKalb CEO Ellis

The divided jury deciding the corruption case against DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reported progress Thursday and re-listened to a covert recording in which Ellis discussed cutting work from companies that didn’t return his campaign calls. But jurors also told Judge Courtney Johnson that they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict, ...

DeKalb launches ethics hotline

DeKalb County has created a confidential hotline that government employees can use to report unethical behavior.The county sent a memo to employees Thursday that encourages them to report theft, fraud, dishonesty, financial irregularities and illegal behavior.The hotline will be managed by a third-party provider to help ensure anonymity. All reports ...

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (right) listens to public comment earlier this month during a meeting of the state Election Board. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

‘Missing’ Georgia voters can be accounted for, Kemp says

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Thursday that his office could account for 55,000 people who were alleged to have been “missing” from the state’s voting rolls as he blasted accusations that his office failed to keep track of them“We should not have to waste valuable resources on a ...

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