August, Ga. ( Associated Press) – A former Augusta mayor is seeking a civil inquiry into how the current mayor is spending money.
Former Mayor Bob Young told local media on Tuesday that Mayor Hardy Davis had sent a letter to High Court Judge Daniel Craig to set up a special grand jury to investigate.
Yang wrote to Judge Craig, “Records are closed or released, it is bound by stone, uncontrolled expenditure is in violation of county policies, and a government investigation is under way.”
Grand Magistrates’ Court does not prosecute, but Young said he could pass on evidence of any crime to law enforcement.
Davis could be suspended by the State Ethics Commission when he raises more than $ 10,000 for non-compliance with the 2019 and 2020 campaign financial reports, which remain in office for the third time and is barred from seeking a third term. In a divorce case filed last week, Davis denied allegations that his wife had an affair with a paid counselor in the mayor’s office. The cost of the credit card is limited by the City-County Commission.
A number of Augusta commissioners have called for a forensic audit of the mayor’s office or the entire city-county government, but have not had enough votes to proceed. He said a special grand grand jury could have a similar effect.
The young man discussed the call in a speech to a civic club. He said an investigation could take more than a year, but Davis said it was important to know what happened to the people of August-Richmond County, even though the office was vacated before the inquiry ended.
“Allowing the office to be humiliated and humiliated is a crime for past and future mayors,” Young told WJBF-TV..
“He is now a private citizen, and he is free to express his views,” Davis said in a statement. An accounting firm is already investigating the use of Davis City credit cards.
“This issue continues to be discussed by elected leaders in the city,” Davis said in a statement. “I believe it would be unwise for the court to engage in this discussion and it could further undermine our credibility.”
Craig told the Augustus Chronicle. It is not appropriate to comment on it.
When Yang was mayor 20 years ago, he called a special tribunal to investigate the director of firefighting in August. While Craig was serving as district attorney, a judge ruled in his favor. Grand judges found the chief violating city policy and making unfair promotions, but no criminal charges were filed.