The Union Recorder

Local News

October 2, 2013

No word yet on ethics recommendation

MILLEDGEVILLE — A month after its ethics board recommendation, city officials remain mum on the final ruling on the recent Milledgeville City Council ethics complaint. City officials are expected to receive transcripts of the ethics hearing next week. 

The transcript from the final hearing in reference to the ethics complaint filed against Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, was finally complete last week and is slated to be delivered to the city clerk Monday. 

“Until we received the transcript of the final hearing, we could not forward it to the mayor and Council,” Jimmy Jordan, city attorney, said Wednesday. “We had a different court reporter for the final hearing so she may have had other jobs ahead.”

The ethics hearing concluded Wednesday, Aug. 28. 

The city’s ethics ordinance states “the decision of the Board of Ethics shall be rendered to mayor and aldermen within seven calendar days after completion of the final hearing.” 

The ethics board ruled Joiner to be in violation of the city’s ordinances. Based on its own ordinance, the ethics board had until Wednesday, Sept. 4 to make its final recommendation to Council and Mayor Richard Bentley to take action on the complaint based solely on the presence of a discernible ethics violation. 

“The Board of Ethics will be getting a final version of their decision, which will be very similar to what they published the night of the hearing,” Jordan said. “A record, including the recommendation of the Board of Ethics, transcripts of both hearings and evidentiary documents, will be delivered to the city clerk.”

The city clerk will notify City Manager Barry Jarrett, who will then be responsible for informing Council.

“By Monday, we will have everything delivered to the clerk who will then notify the city manager. The city manager can notify City Council that he has received it and I assume he will invite council to come by City Hall to review the evidence and records as they so choose,” Jordan said. “The city manager will decide when to put it on the agenda for a future meeting to be reported and considered by mayor and Council, or he may call a special meeting.”

Text Only
Local News
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
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

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.
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