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

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...

Posted: a day ago

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...

Posted: a day ago

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...

Posted: 16 days ago

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...
APD busted salary cap for retired officer hired for mayors’ protection
 Atlanta Police Officer Craig Cooper retired in 2015, but he didn’t stay away from the police force for long. Cooper almost immediately returned to the department under its recapture program, which is meant to keep APD stacked with experienced officers by paying retirees full salary, while saving taxpayers money by not funding their...

8:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Atlanta Police Officer Craig Cooper retired in 2015, but he didn’t stay away from the police force for long. Cooper almost immediately returned to the department under its recapture program, which is meant to keep APD stacked with experienced officers by paying retirees full salary, while saving taxpayers money by not funding their...
Former council member’s $137k City Hall job violated Atlanta charter
 When Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she promised that her administration would “re-inspire confidence in our city government” with the most “sweeping ethics and transparency reform package in our city’s history.” That same day, the Bottoms’ administration violated...

11:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

When Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she promised that her administration would “re-inspire confidence in our city government” with the most “sweeping ethics and transparency reform package in our city’s history.” That same day, the Bottoms’ administration violated...
Gulch bonds approval head to Invest Atlanta next
 The next step toward turning 40 acres of weedy parking lots and rail lines into one of the largest redevelopments in the city’s history could be taken this week. The Atlanta City Council Monday night approved $1.9 billion in public subsidies for the Gulch — a $5 billion project that will create a forest of office towers,...

10:15 PM Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2018

The next step toward turning 40 acres of weedy parking lots and rail lines into one of the largest redevelopments in the city’s history could be taken this week. The Atlanta City Council Monday night approved $1.9 billion in public subsidies for the Gulch — a $5 billion project that will create a forest of office towers,...
Atlanta City Council approves $1.9 billion subsidy package for Gulch project
 After more than 10 hours of debate and deliberation on Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a downtown development that will permanently reshape the city’s skyline. Council members listened to seven hours of public comment before beginning their own deliberations then taking four quick...

1:48 AM Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2018

After more than 10 hours of debate and deliberation on Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a downtown development that will permanently reshape the city’s skyline. Council members listened to seven hours of public comment before beginning their own deliberations then taking four quick...
New bribery charge against key figure in Atlanta corruption probe
 The federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall has reached across state lines and into Jackson, Miss. Federal prosecutors unsealed a new charge this week against Rev. Mitzi Bickers, the Atlanta preacher who was indicted in April on charges that alleged she helped contractors win millions of dollars in city of Atlanta business...

10:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

The federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall has reached across state lines and into Jackson, Miss. Federal prosecutors unsealed a new charge this week against Rev. Mitzi Bickers, the Atlanta preacher who was indicted in April on charges that alleged she helped contractors win millions of dollars in city of Atlanta business...
Feds seek records from Reed’s 2016 blue lights accident in Cobb County
 Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at Atlanta City Hall have issued a subpoena to the private attorney of a Cobb County motorist who in 2016 was struck by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued SUV. The subpoena, issued in August to attorney Hil Hughes, asks for all documents related to the Sept. 9, 2016, accident, including...

10:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at Atlanta City Hall have issued a subpoena to the private attorney of a Cobb County motorist who in 2016 was struck by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued SUV. The subpoena, issued in August to attorney Hil Hughes, asks for all documents related to the Sept. 9, 2016, accident, including...