Resolution to Fire City Attorney on Tuesday's Agenda

City Attorney Brian Anderson was named in an independent investigation, linking him to confidential leaks regarding a property deal the council was discussing.

The Dunwoody City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution Tuesday to fire Brian Anderson, the city attorney.

It's the second time that a resolution has come before the council. The vote at the last meeting was delayed.

Anderson is named in an independent investigation released Monday as one of the leakers of information from a city executive session.

Councilwoman Adrian Bonser was also named in the report. The case was investigated and the report was written by Bob Wilson, a former DeKalb County district attorney. 

Bonser has so far declined interviews, but issued a statement Thursday

Anderson, for his part, told the council at its last meeting, that he doesn't believe that information from two separate executive sessions in January and February could have been a violation. 

Anderson originally ruled that the council could meet in executive session about the land deal, which would have involved selling and purchasing property. Wilson said in his report that the deal was so intertwined that it warranted an executive session.

Government bodies in Georgia cannot meet in closed session for a land sale, but the state's open meetings law does allow for them to discuss purchases in private. A new tweak to the law require them to conduct a final vote on a purchase in public.

Wilson's report says that Anderson leaked information to Dunwoody Crier publisher Dick Williams on the complex property deal being contemplated because he didn't support it. The report says Anderson misled investigators, suggested council members were leaks and broke attorney-client privilege in one other incident.

The resolution says that the council "no longer (has) confidence in the abilities and judgment" of Anderson.

The city attorney is an appointed position and serves at the will of the city council. The vote to defer the original resolution was supported 5-2, with Mayor Mike Davis and Terry Nall dissenting on the delay.  


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