Spat in black mayors’ group gets nastier |


Spat in black mayors’ group gets nastier |

The Atlanta-based National Conference of Black Mayors has apparently fired its executive director, Vanessa Williams, but she is refusing to leave, calling the action bogus.

The dispute is the latest twist in a fight that saw Williams in Fulton County Superior Court two weeks ago, answering allegations that she misspent the group’s funds on personal items.

Late Friday, Williams received a termination letter purporting to be from the board of directors on NCBM letterhead. It said she was terminated “due to your failure over a sustained period of several years to fulfill core duties and responsibilities … and your recent admissions regarding your use of the bank accounts of NCBM … for personal expenditures totaling at least $623,000 without board approval.”

But an attorney for Williams said Monday the full board didn’t meet Friday. He said the notice came directly from NCBM president Kevin Johnson, who also appears to be fighting for his position within the organization.

“More than half of the people on the board were not involved in this, and have disavowed Johnson’s actions,” said Atlanta attorney Richard Arrington. “It is unfortunate that Johnson continues to try to take these actions to resolve these problems.”

Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento and a former NBA All-Star, was elected president of the 39-year-old group in July. But some members of the organization have said the election was invalid because of voting irregularities and have called for a special election this month.

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