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Ethics complaint filed against north Forsyth commissioner

Panel will determine need for hearing

 
POSTED: April 19, 2017 5:00 a.m.
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Cindy Jones Mills.

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A Forsyth County commissioner will face an ethics complaint in coming weeks.

On May 5 at 10:30 a.m., the Forsyth County Ethics Panel will meet for an investigatory review of a complaint filed by resident Rene Guidry against District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

The meeting will be held at the Forsyth County administration building in the commissioner’s conference room.

Neither Mills nor Guidry could be reached for comment as of press time. A county public meeting notice did not include details of why the complaint was filed.

Per a county ordinance, the ethics panel is made up of three randomly selected attorneys from a list maintained by the county who do not live or have an office in Forsyth or have any other conflicts of interest.

At the meeting, the panel will look at the evidence and decide whether a hearing is needed.

The last hearing of an ethics panel resulted in the dismissal of a complaint against Mills regarding a land parcel.

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kstevens100: April 19, 2017 10:56 a.m.

This is a summary of the ethics violation: Commissioner Mills Violated the Georgia Records Act § 50‐18‐90 on multiple occasions by deleting text messages between her, developers with pending zoning issues, other county commissioners, and zoning attorneys. These are not Transitory messages, these have ongoing evidentiary value and should be retained in accordance with the county policy on email.

In a Facebook post Mills stated she did not save the texts because "my texts delete automatically", and "I don't have enough storage on my phone." This was in reference to using her personal phone instead of the county issued cell phone.


mosesdds: April 19, 2017 4:17 p.m.

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"Whether it’s a new park, road improvements or how much you pay in property taxes, Georgia law gives citizens eyes and ears to the decision-making process."

“Transparency and access to government are critical to our office and, ultimately, to our state and nation,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. “For our representative republic to best function, we must ensure that those who elect public officials will have access to and information about what those public officials are doing.”

Carr announced last week that he plans to conduct an Open Government Tour throughout the state this year.

He is inviting local officials to join him for a refresher course on their responsibilities to the public under the Georgia Open and Public Meetings Act.



mosesdds: April 19, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Neither side should expect to prevail without being represented by an attorney.



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