KENNESAW — Mayor Mark Mathews says he has “come to terms” with the differences he has with a planning commission member who prompted an ethics complaint against him, and he won’t pursue removing her from the commission.
Kennesaw Planning Commission member Debra Williams, who has worked on the mayor’s past campaigns, prompted an ethics complaint against Mathews in June with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, who filed the complaint, alleges misuse of campaign funds just after the election in November 2011 after Mathews participated in a raffle at a banquet of the Kennesaw chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Mathews won a Rossi 20-gauge shotgun in that raffle valued between $350 and $400.
Mathews also is said to have spent $420 in leftover campaign funds to buy restaurant gift cards for city department heads just before Christmas 2011. The mayor said the gift cards were given simply as a measure of thanks for a job well done.