Complaint accuses Snellville mayor of breaking law |


Complaint accuses Snellville mayor of breaking law |

A Snellville resident filed a complaint Wednesday accusing Mayor Kelly Kautz of violating state law by twice using city funds to cover personal expenses, and doing so without approval of the city council.

The complaint was filed by Kenneth Stepp, who runs the nonprofit organization Gwinnett Ethics. It was filed with Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter’s office, and asks that the district attorney’s public integrity investigator look into the case.

Porter confirmed receipt of the complaint Wednesday, but said he hadn’t reviewed it and could not comment further.

Kautz did not return phone messages left at her law office, and did not respond to an email message requesting an interview. Her cellphone voice mailbox was full and would not accept new messages.

The complaint cites two cases where Stepp alleges Kautz misused city funds by circumventing the city council and city manager. The first was a $2,000 payment to cover part of her tuition to Leadership Gwinnett, which is professional training offered through the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Councilman Dave Emanuel said Kautz’s explanation for retaining the firm is that she was hiring assistant city attorneys. But Emanuel said that can only be done with council authorization.

“Hiring Cruser & Mitchell was never authorized,” Emanuel said.

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