I miss the DeKalb segment on the Georgia Gang, but just because they don’t have that feature anymore doesn’t mean my County is not trying hard to provide Dick Williams, Phil Kent, Alexis Scott and
Martha Zoller Jim Galloway with good comedy material for their show.
First up: DeKalb’s former clerk of Superior Court who resigned because she has “temporary episodes of dementia,” now wants her job back because she has “temporary episodes of dementia.” Linda Carter seeks to use a writ of quo warranto (latin for “do over”) to unseat Debra DeBerry, who Carter accuses of “duping” her into resigning. Let me ask the obvious: If you can be “duped” into resigning a public office you’ve held for more than 10 years, do you think you’re really able to handle that office?
Next: Dale Russell takes a few minutes from harassing Governor Deal’s fundraiser to explain why former DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan asked current DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gail Flake to recuse herself from a case he had in her courtroom. Seems that 13 years ago, lawyer Morgan led a bribery investigation into then DeKalb Sheriff Pat Jarvis, who is married to Judge Flake. Gail Flake was never named as the target of any investigation, including the one that eventually led to Jarvis pleading guilty to fraud in connection with operations at the DeKalb jail and getting 15 months. Russell’s a great reporter, but I dock him 2 points for failing to mention Jarvis’ other record -with the Atlanta Braves.
From the “we’ve got to spend this money no matter how much it costs department:” DeKalb County Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon are pushing to purchase parkland for $1.9 million. The catch? DeKalb County appraises the land at $393,000. (Which would get you just one 3 bedroom 2 bath condo near the proposed park.) Question: Are DeKalb property tax appraisals too low, as some are arguing, or is the County Commission just using bond money to bail out a developer? Answer: Yes!
Finally, no mention of DeKalb would be complete without noting the ongoing School Superintendent soap opera, wherein 4 of the 9 school board members have publicly stated their support for a candidate from San Antonio who is qualified, competent and has a track record of improvement. The other 5 members of the board want a superintendent who is black, and have been leaking confidential details of contract negotiations with other candidates to screw up negotiations with any candidate who is not black. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is now playing along.
Oh, and that property tax hike? It’s still coming.
You come to DeKalb for the comedy, but you stay for the tragedy. Happy Tuesday.