Several weeks have now passed since the Mayor took it upon himself to execute powers he did not have according to the Dunwoody City Charter. Changing city policy the implementing it without city council review and approval is not something the Mayor can just do.
The action of the Dunwoody legal team, advising the Mayor and writing the memo that in essence forced DHA member to choose who they wanted to serve, makes them complicit in the Mayor’s actions. Adding to this, informing the members that they would face ethics charges or State charges if they discussed the issue with other calls their behavior into question as well.
The city’s response to these very distressing actions was to hire outside attorneys to investigate themselves.
I have several questions regarding these issues:
Are the citizens that are nominated by the Mayor to the Board of Ethics vetted by anyone on the city council prior to the nominations going forward or are these "nominations” taken and approved as a courtesy to the Mayor?
What is the current status of the legal review by outside council of the actions by the Mayor regarding the controversial Executive Session and illegal policy change regarding Board appointees and the DHA? Will any part of that investigation be public?
Is not an investigation of these actions better and more correctly addressed by a Board of Ethics review and not an attorney hired by the Council to investigate itself? A negative ruling by the BOE on any of these issues would result in consequences and send a message that these behaviors will not be tolerated.
As I have said before publicly, these action weakened if not destroyed the trust that citizens of Dunwoody had in its city government. I believe that these events should undergo a complete legal review by the process we already have in place and that is Board of Ethics