Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Sunshine law charges against Reed official send a message, Ga. AG says
 Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said he thinks the charges for open records violations filed earlier this week against former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s press secretary will send a message around the state that compliance with the state’s sunshine laws has to be taken seriously. Making his first public comments since...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said he thinks the charges for open records violations filed earlier this week against former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s press secretary will send a message around the state that compliance with the state’s sunshine laws has to be taken seriously. Making his first public comments since...
5 things to know about Atlanta City Hall’s transparency efforts
 After more than three years of a federal investigation looking into Atlanta City Hall corruption, Atlanta City Council and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have implemented a number of new ordinances aimed at increasing city government transparency or reducing abuses of the public trust. Here are five key transparency or anti-corruption efforts...

Posted: 11 days ago

After more than three years of a federal investigation looking into Atlanta City Hall corruption, Atlanta City Council and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have implemented a number of new ordinances aimed at increasing city government transparency or reducing abuses of the public trust. Here are five key transparency or anti-corruption efforts...
Atlanta City Council passes reform to employee bonuses process
 The $800,000 in bonuses and cash awards handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed near the end of his term in 2017 violated city law and the state Constitution. So did employee bonuses provided that same year by members of Atlanta City Council, and Reed’s human resources commissioner. On Monday, the council passed legislation to try to...

Posted: 16 days ago

The $800,000 in bonuses and cash awards handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed near the end of his term in 2017 violated city law and the state Constitution. So did employee bonuses provided that same year by members of Atlanta City Council, and Reed’s human resources commissioner. On Monday, the council passed legislation to try to...
Former Atlanta councilman gets $25,000 payout from development agency
 Removing former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall from the city’s economic development agency payroll came at a high cost to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. A Jan. 3 separation agreement with Invest Atlanta calls for Hall to receive nearly $25,000 — a full two months of his $145,000 annual salary, while...

Posted: 20 days ago

Removing former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall from the city’s economic development agency payroll came at a high cost to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. A Jan. 3 separation agreement with Invest Atlanta calls for Hall to receive nearly $25,000 — a full two months of his $145,000 annual salary, while...
Former Mayor Reed official given 21 months in City Hall bribery case
 Now that her sentencing hearing is officially completed, Katrina Taylor-Parks will begin serving a 21-month federal prison sentence for accepting nearly $15,000 worth of bribes while working in Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Taylor-Parks, who federal prosecutors say accepted cash, a cruise to Mexico, a vacation to Chicago and an...

Posted: 23 days ago

Now that her sentencing hearing is officially completed, Katrina Taylor-Parks will begin serving a 21-month federal prison sentence for accepting nearly $15,000 worth of bribes while working in Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Taylor-Parks, who federal prosecutors say accepted cash, a cruise to Mexico, a vacation to Chicago and an...
Atlanta city attorney thought councilman case would interest feds
 Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson told council members Wednesday that she thought federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption would be interested in how councilman Kwanza Hall came to be hired as a senior policy advisor to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration, and that’s why she enlisted two $900-an-hour outside...

11:42 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson told council members Wednesday that she thought federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption would be interested in how councilman Kwanza Hall came to be hired as a senior policy advisor to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration, and that’s why she enlisted two $900-an-hour outside...
Atlanta City Hall probe into councilman’s employment raises more questions
 An investigation by high-priced outside lawyers meant to resolve how a former Atlanta city councilman was improperly hired as a $137,000-a-year senior advisor to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has instead fueled more questions, and raised the specter that federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption may be interested in the...

11:30 AM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

An investigation by high-priced outside lawyers meant to resolve how a former Atlanta city councilman was improperly hired as a $137,000-a-year senior advisor to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has instead fueled more questions, and raised the specter that federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption may be interested in the...
Ex-Atlanta Mayor Reed’s aide collapses in court during sentencing
 Katrina Taylor-Parks was accustomed to standing before the Atlanta City Council and whipping votes to back former Mayor Kasim Reed’s policies. Monday, however, found her standing before U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones for sentencing after admitting in August to taking bribes from a city vendor. As Jones sided with prosecutors...

11:04 AM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Katrina Taylor-Parks was accustomed to standing before the Atlanta City Council and whipping votes to back former Mayor Kasim Reed’s policies. Monday, however, found her standing before U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones for sentencing after admitting in August to taking bribes from a city vendor. As Jones sided with prosecutors...
Atlanta’s $900-an-hour lawyers reach no conclusion in mayor staff case
 Two lawyers, hired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration to review how a former city councilman came to work as a special adviser to the mayor, were paid $900 an hour for the work. But the high-priced attorneys failed in a basic tenet of fact finding: They didn’t talk to key people — the mayor and her chief of staff...

11:41 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

Two lawyers, hired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration to review how a former city councilman came to work as a special adviser to the mayor, were paid $900 an hour for the work. But the high-priced attorneys failed in a basic tenet of fact finding: They didn’t talk to key people — the mayor and her chief of staff...
Report: Former councilman’s job with Mayor Bottoms violated ATL charter
 Former City Councilmember Kwanza Hall is losing his $145,000 per year job with Invest Atlanta, the city’s development authority, after a city investigation by an outside law firm concluded that his brief employment in the mayor’s office early last year violated Atlanta’s charter. Before he took the job with Invest Atlanta...

7:23 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

Former City Councilmember Kwanza Hall is losing his $145,000 per year job with Invest Atlanta, the city’s development authority, after a city investigation by an outside law firm concluded that his brief employment in the mayor’s office early last year violated Atlanta’s charter. Before he took the job with Invest Atlanta...
Revelations mar former Atlanta mayor’s legacy
 Drinks flowed from an open bar at American Cut restaurant as 40 invited cabinet officials nibbled on appetizers of chili lobster roll and tuna tataki, while standing in line to have photos taken with the evening’s man of honor — their boss, Mayor Kasim Reed. A five-course dinner with French wine and champagne toasts built to the...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

Drinks flowed from an open bar at American Cut restaurant as 40 invited cabinet officials nibbled on appetizers of chili lobster roll and tuna tataki, while standing in line to have photos taken with the evening’s man of honor — their boss, Mayor Kasim Reed. A five-course dinner with French wine and champagne toasts built to the...