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Anderson out as Dunwoody city attorney
by Bobby Tedder
May 30, 2012 01:28 PM | 956 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brian Anderson is out as Dunwoody city attorney.

The Dunwoody City Council voted to approve a separation agreement during its May 29 meeting, the move coming after calls for Anderson’s ouster in recent weeks.

Anderson, while having been relieved of his duties, will be paid two months salary and benefits as part of the deal.

Council voted to fire the embattled attorney on the heels of last week’s public release of the findings of an internal investigation launched in February to determine who leaked information about the sale of a tract of land involved in the Project Renaissance revitalization campaign targeting the Georgetown area.

The inquiry, headed up by former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson, identified Anderson and District 2 Councilwoman Adrian Bonser as the guilty parties.

Prior to this week’s council meeting, Bonser denounced the investigation, one she deemed “sloppy” and costly.

“I fundamentally disagree with the findings and believe the integrity of the investigation itself is highly questionable and, the expenditure of an estimated $50,000 of Dunwoody taxpayer monies on said report wasteful,” Bonser said.

For his part, Anderson was accused of leaking information to Dunwoody Crier publisher/reporter Dick Williams about the sale of the city’s 16-acre PVC farm property on North Shallowford Road discussed during executive sessions.

Wilson’s report states that the breach of confidentiality occurred between executive sessions on Jan. 23 and Feb. 3.

“Although Anderson states that he did not disclose any details to Williams, he said Williams already knew about it and thereafter they discussed the matter,” according to the report. “Those conversations were, at a minimum, a violation of [Anderson’s] duty of confidentiality to his client and demonstrate his failure to understand the limitations of his role as city attorney.”

Williams defended Anderson when addressing council members at the May 29 meeting, calling the latter’s ouster “an injustice of the first order.”

“If Brian Anderson leaked me the story, I would have printed it — in full, in total and with every detail,” Williams said. “Instead, and I hate to admit this, I was beaten by a blogger.”

The same blogger, Bob Lundsten, acknowledged that Bonser disclosed information about the Georgetown project to a non-council member, who then relayed the information to him, according to Wilson’s report.

Meanwhile, city council’s latest meeting also saw it pass resolutions move Project Renaissance forward, including authorizing developer John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods to apply for rezoning.

Project Renaissance aims to develop 35 acres of land on North Shallowford Road — the aforementioned parcel and the 19-acre former Emory Hospital site — into residential properties.

The city is also expected to gain about 30,000 square feet in commercial space, two small parks and, possibly, a larger and path from the partially developed tract in Georgetown all the way to Brook Run.

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