Political donations prohibition leads to Savannah Ethics Committee vacancies | savannahnow.com

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Political donations prohibition leads to Savannah Ethics Committee vacancies | savannahnow.com

The city of Savannah needs to fill two of three seats on the Savannah Ethics Committee after an alderman brought to light a prohibition against members participating in political activity.

Committee Chairman Matthew Southall Brown Sr. submitted a letter last week requesting that his application for re-appointment be withdrawn ahead of his four-year term’s expiration in late August. Brown said he had been unaware of the provision during his term and when he had applied to remain on the committee.

Brown, pastor emeritus of St. John Baptist Church, said he had endorsed the campaign of former Mayor Otis Johnson and possibly current members of the city council.

Brown said he had been considering resigning even before learning of the provision and was not disappointed that he could no longer chair the group.

“I have served this community for many years in several capacities,” he said.

Committee member Helen Downing said Wednesday she was not aware of the provision either and had donated to the campaigns of current city council members, including Mary Ellen Sprague, Tom Bordeaux and Mayor Edna Jackson.

Downing said she had been considering applying to be reappointed before learning of the prohibition.

“It’s not a big deal,” she said. “I just felt like it was a service to the community that I wanted to do.”

Jackson said the previous administration, of which she was a part, had appointed the committee members and didn’t know about the provision of the new ordinance.

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