Posts Tagged ‘barnes-sutton’

DeKalb gives raises to select few

July 29, 2010 2 comments

Some DeKalb elected officials gave staff raises  |

What really sucks about this is that a few days after this story was reported, a DeKalb officer is shot, luckily not killed, working for a pittance. If this isn’t a slap in the face, I don’t know what is. And it is bad in so many ways. The CEO decided to change job descriptions to get raises for his favored few.

Records obtained by the AJC also show that Ellis changes the scope of work for several of his employees, including promoting one woman from a housing project manager to deputy chief of staff – a job that carried a $31,000 raise.

A back door raise if you may. I will change your duties, and that will get you the raise that you want. Way to go Mista CEO.

But what about Commish Stokes, who wanted to Rep the 4th district. Here is her explanation;

Stokes said she tried to abide by that policy, but when her staff heard about the CEO’s raises, she had to give in. Stokes staff began complaining after the AJC reported that former chief communications officer Shelia Edwards’ salary went from $125,000 to $138,000. Edwards resigned Monday because of other reasons.

However, the records show she also gave two of her staff members raises, including a communications manager and camera-operator for the county’s TV station.

“I thought it was not fair to them when I heard everyone else had gotten increases,” Stokes said Tuesday. “I can’t say the policy is out the window because I don’t run the county, but I understand how it may look.”

Stokes, chairwoman of the commission’s budget committee, gave one of her two assistants, Tonza Clark, a $15,300 raise last week. She argued that her staff was paid way less than other commissioners’ assistants.

However, records show that Clark’s salary was similar to other commission staff.

You didn’t try very hard did you? So you helped pass a resolution that says no raises, for anyone, then you slide a couple of your people some extra cash. And your excuse is that others were doing it also. By that logic, it is OK for me lie, cheat and steal. After all there are plenty of people doing that in the very government that is suppose to work for us not against us. It is hard for me to believe that they thought this would fly. Ms Stokes and her cohorts must have a very low opinion of the residents of DeKalb, and the officers that protect the county. The problem with Ms Stoke and most of the DeKalb leadership is that they have no integrity. This was done without regard as to how it looked or how it affected others on the county payroll. It was selfish and all involved should be made to pay.

see the video of Stokes trying to slither her way out of this stupid decision.

Resident asks grand jury to investigate DeKalb commissioner

February 22, 2010 Comments off

Resident asks grand jury to investigate DeKalb commissioner  |

Seems not everyone hs let Commissioner Barnes Sutton off the hook. It seems someone wants the DA to investigate whether Barnes Sutton used her position to get out of being taken to jail over outstanding warrants. I can’t say that the commissioner used her influence, but I know folks in jail on outstanding traffic warrants, so yes she should have been taken to jail. Why she wasn’t needs to be investigated. Maybe they should bring in another DA from another jurisdiction. That would let everyone one see that this thing is being handled as impartially as possible. One more thing. DA Keyes has turned down a previous request for an investigation by her office. Her excuse was that the cops were already looking into it. I want to see if she will investigate now that the cops have finished their investigation.

Was ID theft to blame for Barnes Suttons bad checks

February 2, 2010 Comments off

Was ID theft to blame for DeKalb commissioner’s fraud charges? | Atlanta Unfiltered.

According to this article at Atlanta Unfiltered, the signatures seem similar. I’m no handwriting expert, but I have to say that the signatures seem to be written by the same person. But even if the signatures were not written by the same person, it begs the question why did she not report the identity theft? That is what us normal victims would do. And if she did, why not produce documentation that would confirm that identity theft played a role in her recent financial issues. I know some will say that she does not have to prove anything, and that she took care of the outstanding money and warrants, so the issue is dead. I say otherwise. This issue is still very much alive. If she was a victim of identity fraud, why pay the money to COSTCO. You were not responsible for the bad checks. Also, why not put forward some proof of Identity fraud and put this thing to rest. If she can prove ID theft, it would go a long way in absolving her of any wrongdoing with regards to her finances. This thing will die soon, but the moment she is up for re-election, it will comeback to her. It is best to get it out of  they way now, because when re-election comes around and you start providing proof that you were right, it may be seen as a ploy and nothing more.

Barnes Sutton says she spent $69K on campaign

January 29, 2010 Comments off

From Atlanta Unfiltered

Can you loan yourself 69k to run for political office?

OK, This is weird. Here is a woman who is a single mother of 3,  a teacher who makes around 45 k a year, yet she can afford to loan her campaign nearly two years salary. Someone please explain. In fairness to Barnes Sutton, she could have income from other sources, so the 45k she made could be supplemented. But I still wonder how someone who has such sever financial issues be able to support a political campaign as well.  Is being a county commish that important. I think she was angling for a higher, more lucrative office, one that would pay-off a lot better than county commissioner. Needless to say, she will be hard-pressed to remain commissioner from district 4, and her aspirations of higher office have been severely limited.

Special treatment for commisioner over warrants?

January 25, 2010 Comments off

GBI, sheriff question DeKalb handling of wanted commissioner  |

This stinks to high hell. There isn’t much I can say other than had this been you or I, we would still be fighting to get out of jail.  I can’t for the life of me understand why DeKalb Police would allow a person with warrants to leave the scene. The GBI, and a former prosecutor both said the same thing; she should have been hauled off to jail. This scandal may cost Barnes Sutton her position on the DeKalb Commission. This coupled with other financial problems being reported, should be enough to do her in. Then again crazier things have happened

DeKalb commissioner has arrest warrants in Gwinnett

January 21, 2010 Comments off

From the AJC

The latest: Apparently the warrants that were in effect are no longer valid. It seems the warrants were canceled, and the commissioner allowed to make right the bad checks. According to the AJC, at 3 p.m. the warrants were still valid, but by 5 p.m. the warrants gad been canceled. This truly sucks. And it stinks too. If you ever had a warrant out for your arrest, you know that you are never give the opportunity to make it right before you go to jail. Even the Gwinnett Sheriffs office was puzzled as to why Barnes Sutton was still at large. I smell a rat here. But I’d bet my last dollar that this goes nowhere. The officers responsible for her release, the judge who canceled the warrants, and Ms. Barnes-Sutton will all walk away as if this never happened. The really sad part is that there are men and women languishing in DeKalb jail on outstanding warrants for things as small as a traffic violation.

See the ajc account here


DeKalb commissioner has warrant for her arrest  |

Damn, Damn, Damn. We can’t win for losing. Now we have a commisioner with warrants out for her arrest. According to the AJC article, Commissioner Barnes-Sutton is wanted for passing bad checks. Now I know that people make mistakes, but apparently this is not the first time. She may need to take some financial management classes to bone up on how to use checks. It seems, according to her bio (, she is a very intelligent woman. Passing several bad checks though would bring some doubt to that assertion.

By the way did anyone notice that the police did not arrest her for those outstanding warrants. Hmmm, what quid pro quo went on here? Just asking, because you know had that been you or I, we would have been sitting in the back of a squad car.