Fun happenings in DeKalb

From the Dunwoody Crier:

The audit committee of the DeKalb County commission was to hear serious questions Tuesday about a proposal by the county chief executive, Vernon Jones, to house athletes of U.S. Team Handball in a dormitory at Brook Run Park.

District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer won a unanimous vote for the audit committee hearing at last week’s commission meeting, but not before sitting through a verbal assault from Jones for seeking a delay.


Jones also threw out a threat about other proposals coming out of the Dunwoody area, saying, “next time something comes along in Dunwoody, like the nature preserve (the Dunwoody Nature Center) and let’s see how quickly that moves along.”

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  1. Trackboy1 says:

    Some Background:
    FNT Trustees
    Mr . Vernon JONES
    Honorary Member
    DeKalb County CEO
    DeKalb, USA

    DITC Executive Committee
    Mr. Richard STOGNER
    Executive Assistant to CEO Vernon JONES
    DeKalb County Government
    Deputy CFO of Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (1996)
    Atlanta, USA
    Jones’ Olympic trip raises questions
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 09/15/04

    Board members of the DeKalb County Development Authority on Tuesday lambasted the agency for funding a $3,500 trip to the Olympics for DeKalb Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones without their knowledge or approval.
    Members criticized board Chairman Eugene Walker, an appointee of Jones, for circumventing procedure and authorizing an $8,000 advance to Jones for the trip last month. The CEO, who paid back the unspent portion of the advance, has said he traveled to the Games in Greece to attract Olympic-related business to DeKalb.
    “The embarrassment on this thing to the authority, to the CEO’s office and to the economic development department is that the press gets ahold of this thing that the CEO is on vacation in Greece,” said Gary Sekulow, the board’s treasurer.
    Jones accompanied two officials from the DeKalb International Training Center, a program run by a nonprofit organization, Forging New Tomorrows, that also received $5,000 for the trip from the authority. The development authority paid expenses for Jones and one of the officials, and the county government paid for the other training center official, a woman who is also a county employee.
    The center leases a county-owned building in Dunwoody as a dorm to house foreign athletes training for Olympic competition.
    Jones bristled at scrutiny of his trip, saying he and his aides went out of their way to avoid using taxpayer money. The development authority operates with public money — revenue from interest on bonds issued to attract business to DeKalb — and employees of the county’s economic development office act as its staff.
    Even though Jones says he was representing the county in Athens, county officials provided misleading explanations when he was out of the office during the second week of the Games. His chief of staff, Ann Kimbrough, said her boss was on vacation and had asked her not to disclose his whereabouts. His executive assistant, Richard Stogner, later acknowledged that Jones had been in Athens and said Kimbrough “misspoke.”
    Jones later said he didn’t decide to attend the Olympics until “the last minute” Aug. 19, the day before he flew to Athens. But his round-trip ticket to Greece was purchased Aug. 18. And Stogner said Tuesday that Jones decided to go on “Monday or Tuesday” that week, not Thursday.
    The DeKalb CEO has said that by the time he left for Greece, he hadn’t been able to update Kimbrough about his change in plans. Jones was scheduled to return Aug. 27 but flew back two days early as controversy swirled over the abrupt retirement of DeKalb Police Chief Eddie Moody and a discrimination lawsuit filed against the county.

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