Josh Mckoon and ethics complaints

So ethics champion Josh McKoon was served with three ethics complaints by local (Muscogee County) school board officials last month. Those ethics charges have since been dismissed by the ethics subcommittee; apparently laughing hysterically at the charges carries no legal weight (thanks to Mike Hassinger for the image in the daily).

The complaints themselves allege that McKoon threatened to use his weight as a State Senator to withhold state funds from the school district if it maintained its no-bid contract for legal services with Columbus law firm Hatcher-Stubbs. Remember, Transparency is a good thing.

The day and place of the alleged threat? On opening day for the legislature in Columbus. Seems a bit odd to me since McKoon was in Atlanta. In addition to calling McKoon a liar, Athavia Senior (school board official) had these lovely words according to the Columbus Ledger.

“He needs to just shut his mouth,” she said. “Why is he down here in local politics when he’s a state senator? Don’t he have bills and things to be approving? Why is he in this mess – someone of his caliber? Don’t nobody think about that? .. Why is he here? Doesn’t he have more important things to do as a senator?”

Why she has anything to do with education, I haven’t a clue. Though she may find third grade English, eighth grade Georgia History and high school government/civics useful classes to repeat.

3 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    “McKoon also criticized Senior and other board members who are to take a trip to San Diego this weekend for the National School Boards Association conference, which he called a poor spending choice in light of other district needs.”

    The amount of money most school boards in GA spend on conferences is a perk they will not abandon. At the very least they should disclose the conference, location, attendees, purpose and total costs in a quarterly report to the state.

  2. Beth Harris says:

    “Why she has anything to do with education, I haven’t a clue. Though she may find third grade English, eighth grade Georgia History and high school government/civics useful classes to repeat.”

    Josh and Myers “recruited” her. That’s why.

  3. ARAR says:

    Josh is a good citizen of Muscogee County with good questions because he cares, nobody should be attacked by asking questions of the school board. it is sad when they get defensive at questions about the actions they take…. they are accountable to the tax payers of Muscogee, even if they don’t know it or don’t care to know it.

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