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Ethics allegations filed against Kautz

Kelly Kautz

Kelly Kautz

SNELLVILLE -- Gwinnett's district attorney is looking into claims that Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz used public funds for personal gain.

Kenneth Stepp with Gwinnett Ethics met with an assistant district attorney for an hour Wednesday, after submitting a complaint.

"Based on our findings, we believe that Kelly Kautz unquestionably violated the city charter and committed both civil and criminal offenses in an effort to personally benefit from her position," a press release from Gwinnett Ethics said. "The most egregious issue is her use of public funds for personal gain."

One allegation involved Snellville's revolving door city attorney issue, in which Kautz and the City Council have publicly disagreed on an attorney and payment for months.

District Attorney Danny Porter said he will look into whether Kautz directed the city attorney on a First Amendment case to also help her personally, according to a statement in an email that she faced disbarrment for turning off a mike while a resident was speaking.

Porter said he was unsure if an allegation that the city paid for Kautz's Leadership Gwinnett training is illegal.

"I'm going to look into it," Porter said of the complaint. "I'm going to move as fast as I can to see this gets done."

A message left for Kautz on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Porter expanded his office in 2013, adding a chief investigator to look into complaints involving corruption, after a series of cases involving wrongdoing of government officials.

Comments

Karl 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Mr. Stepp for filing the complaint against this tyrannical, bullying, excuse Snellville has for a mayor. I trust her days are numbered.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I wish Mayor Kautz's family would advise her to resign and get her priorities in order. She is on a slippery slope to disbarment.

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Reason 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Has any other govermental entities funded their elected, or support staff to attend this leadership training? Is this the only time this has happened? If not, then what will be done , if this is illegal?

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rocknroll 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks like to me biggest problem is she doesn't care about right or wrong. Period. She just cares about what she wants. Look at the history. She calls people out of order when she thinks they will say something she doesn't want she hires and fires lawyers like some people change shoes. Now it looks like she hired a lawyer for herself and paid for it with city money and bought herself a training course and paid for it with city money too. What else has she done we dont know about.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Leadership Gwinnett should be perfect use of gov funds. The participants make significant contacts and have a deeper understanding of the functions of many facets of public and private entities. I also don't think anyone would have objected if it weren't for all of Kautz's other problems.

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Karl 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Except that she didn't bring the issue of having the city pay the $2000 LG fee to the city council for their approval. She directly ordered a city worker to cut the check, unbeknownst to the council. Therein lies the problem.

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kevin 9 months, 2 weeks ago

when is Snellville going to put her out of her misery? How did you folks elect her in the first place? that says a lot about the voters in Snellville. (did you all get your degree from a WalMart store)

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rocknroll 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Kevin the voters got snookered by Kautz and her supporters. They told a lot of lies. Wait for this next election and you will see it all again. Its all about a power grab. The people behind Kautz are trying to get control so they can use the city's money for their own purposes. Ever notice how Kautz always wants a high millage rate?

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SickandTired 9 months, 2 weeks ago

pcjohn....agree about DA Porter. Add Alvin Wilbanks to the list.

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