MILLEDGEVILLE — The hearing date for the pending ethics complaint filed against City Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, by local downtown business owner Danielle Fields will continue as scheduled regardless of Joiner’s recent announcement to not seek reelection.
City attorney Jimmy Jordan said Tuesday that the ethics process is not impacted by Joiner’s intentions for the District 4 seat after his current term expires Dec. 31.
“As far as ethics board proceedings, [Joiner’s decision] will have no impact on what the board will do as far as the complaint that is currently pending because the complaint involves alleged conduct from his current term,” Jordan said. “What he does or does not do as far as seeking reelection does not have bearing on these proceedings. He is a city councilman until his term ends, and the ethics board is looking at the complaint that has been filed relative to his existing term.”
Fields said Tuesday that Joiner’s announcement regarding his future on the District 4 seat does not discourage her from moving forward with the ethics complaint process.
“I want to see this process through completion. It would discourage me if the process wasn’t complete,” she said. “This is supposed to be about the community, and the ethics process is part of that. When the ethics process is complete, whether it’s in my favor or in his favor, that would be a win for the community. My bigger fear is that [Joiner is] going to move to another community and do the same thing.”
The Board of Ethics initially scheduled the hearing Tuesday, July 16, but delayed the proceedings after Joiner’s attorney, Donald Oulsnam of Frier & Oulsnam in Milledgeville, requested for a continuance.
The hearing is now scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 in the Municipal Courtroom at the Milledgeville Police Department located at 125 E. McIntosh St.