The grand jury recently indicted Kenerly on one count of bribery for accepting or agreeing to accept $1 million to secure County Commission approval of a land purchase. The grand jury also indicted Kenerly on two misdemeanor counts of failing to disclose financial interests in two properties the county rezoned.
Jurors found Gwinnett commissioners bought land to reward political allies and, in one case, to punish a rival. Taxpayers paid millions more than some properties were worth, according to the jury’s report.
Kenerly did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday. He has denied any wrongdoing and has refused to resign. Kenerly did not seek re-election, and his term expires Dec. 31.
Perdue must decide whether it’s worthwhile to suspend Kenerly from office just a few weeks before he’ll be gone anyway.
Some Gwinnett residents said Kenerly should not finish his term, urging him to resign to restore confidence in county government.
The County Commission will meet next Tuesday and again on Dec. 14. Several groups have pledged to attend those meetings to pressure Kenerly to resign. The Georgia Taxpayers Alliance plans a protest before Tuesday’s 7 p.m. commission meeting.
The grand jury also considered a perjury charge against Chairman Charles Bannister but elected not to pursue it when the chairman offered to resign. Bannister stepped down Oct. 8.