The boom years of the Oughts were very good to Gwinnett County
suburban Atlanta county of 800,000 that grew by a third in the last
decade. But boom times are rarely good for local government ethics, and
Gwinnett County appears to be no exception. A grand jury report
October (a searchable copy is attached; see below) found a series of
land acquisitions by the county at above market price (even after the
boom years ended) and from individuals with whom certain county
had relationships and, possibly, from whom they were taking bribes and
kickbacks (see an
on the grand jury report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
). So far, two county commissioners and one judge have resigned.
In three blog posts, I will look at what happened, at the ethics
reforms recommended by a 2007 report and by the grand jury, and at how
recommended ethics reforms have been greeted by the county commissioners.