Ethics Board dismisses complaint against Avondale

Posted by Decaturish.com March 25, 2015
Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

On Tuesday evening, Avondale Estates’ Ethics Board unanimously dismissed a complaint against the city, according to Avondale Estates’ City Manager Clai Brown.

The AJC reports Joseph Mandarino, the person who filed the complaint against the Board of Mayor and Commissioners, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. The three-person board was unanimous in its decision, with Chair Andrew Cohen telling the audience, “We can’t find any evidence of unethical behavior,” according to the AJC.

Mandarino’s complaint said the City Commission erred by approving the annexation of Stratford Green, because there was a vacancy on the board at the time.

Mandarino wanted the March 17 special election to replace former mayor Ed Rieker to be delayed, since he thought Stratford Green residents shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

The March 17 election went forward, with Jonathan Elmore become installed as mayor this week.

Mandarino also wanted city commissioners to resign.

In an unusual move, the city released the opinion of the Avondale Estates’ attorneys earlier this month. They said the allegations in the complaint were untrue. The opinion also said the complaint’s claims that Rieker’s resignation rendered the board inept are “ridiculous.”

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