Fulton Chairman Fires Back at ‘Thief’ Claim

February 21, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Commission Chairman John Eaves said he was trying to fight the perception Fulton County has a dysfunctional government. But the way he went about it got him lambasted and accused of improprieties.  Commissioners said he bucked county policy by hiring a personal media liaison and using a voucher to pay her $2,499.99 — one cent below the threshold that would land the payment on a report viewed by the board.

Under a 2002 resolution, Fulton commissioners are allowed four full-time employees. Commissioner Emma Darnell charged Eaves violated that, too.  “You’re a thief when you send in a voucher for $2,499 to get a fifth employee,” she said at Wednesday’s commission meeting, after Eaves left early.

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