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City sues over ethics complaints

SNELLVILLE -- After a series of complaints to the Snellville City Council, a government watchdog now faces a lawsuit from the city.

George Anderson, who recently dissolved his Ethics in Government nonprofit, said he was going to let his complaints about Councilman Tom Witts go, but he now must defend himself against the suit.

"I hate how many tax dollars, in this down economy, are being wasted," said the Floyd County man.

Anderson filed a series of complaints alleging Witts' swearing in was illegal because he owed back taxes.

But City Attorney Tony Powell said the city was at a loss as to how to act on the "incoherent" papers filed.

"It did not fit into any frames of the ethics policy," he said. "What it appeared to be were political attacks that had nothing to do with ethics."

The suit seeks a declaratory judgment on the matter and Powell said it had implications for other local governments.

"To me, it's more important to set a standard," he said. "The question becomes how long are we going to let people like that get away with it."

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 4 months ago

This clown, George Anderson, doesn't have any interest whatsoever in the goings on of a dinky little town 100 miles away from where he lives. While I don't really like to see tax dollars wasted on such nonsense, I do think we, as a society, have to draw a line in the sand and hold these people accountable for wasting our time and money.

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Jan 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, NewsReader, you have surprised me. You found something on which we are in full agreement!

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rocknroll 1 year, 4 months ago

This lawsuit will expose George Anderson for the fraud that he is.

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MichelleCouch 1 year, 4 months ago

Clearly, there are Government officials that violate ethics with each breath they take. However, Mayor Pro Tem, Tom Witts, isn't one of them.

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kevin 1 year, 4 months ago

So what is new in "Little Chicago?"

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