The Union Recorder

Local News

July 15, 2013

City ethics hearing delayed

Councilman Phillip Joiner requested a continuance after suffering injury

MILLEDGEVILLE — The first hearing on an ethics complaint filed against Milledgeville City Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, has been delayed.

After nearly 30 days of collecting evidence, the City of Milledgeville’s ethics board was set to hold its initial hearing Tuesday on the pending ethics complaint filed by downtown business owner Danielle Fields against Joiner. 

City attorney Jimmy Jordan received a letter Friday afternoon from Joiner’s attorney, Donald Oulsnam of Frier & Oulsnam in Milledgeville, requesting a two- to four-week continuance due to Joiner suffering from a fall.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Joiner spent much of [Thursday] night and early [Friday] morning in the hospital after suffering a fall resulting in a separated shoulder and ligament damage. As a result, Mr. Joiner is on bed rest, heavily medicated and cannot drive or otherwise assist in the preparation for the currently scheduled Board of Ethics hearing,” Oulsnam’s letter to Jordan states. 

Oulsnam was contacted Friday afternoon by The Union-Recorder but was not reached for comment before press time.

Jordan said Joiner is allowed a continuance because of “good cause.”

“Anytime you’re in a hearing setting, the protocol, whether a court hearing or administrative hearing, a continuance would be granted for good cause. Based on [Oulsnam’s] representations, [Joiner] is unable, due to medication, to participate in preparing defense and will not be able to attend the hearing,” Jordan said. “He is well within the good cause showing for allowing the matter to be continued. The continuance will be granted, so the hearing will not be going forward Tuesday.”

According to the Milledgeville City Council ethics ordinance, “a hearing shall be held within 60 calendar days after filing of the complaint.” Fields filed her complaint May 7, which makes the 60-day mark July 6. 

“The provision in the ordinance states that strict compliance with times and dates is not fatal, so it does not invalidate actions ... we try to adhere to them, but they are in some ways like guidelines,” Jordan said. “The fact that Mr. Joiner requested a continuance, he would be barred from objecting to the hearing beyond the 60 days as a result of his request. The hearing has been continued due to his request, not the board’s.”

Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth