Another DeKalb Commissioner Faces Questions About Spending

Aug 28, 2014

District 4 DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton
Credit DeKalb County, GA

A DeKalb County Commissioner has reportedly paid more than $35,000 in county funds to companies owned by a man with whom she has had a romantic relationship.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton used county funds to pay Warren Mosby’s company, RightThink Associates, Inc., $20,000 for unspecified professional services.

A complaint filed with the DeKalb County Board of Ethics alleges a conflict of interest for that payment and others to companies owned by Mosby.

WABE legal analyst Page Pate says unethical behavior is not necessarily illegal, adding, “If she was honest in preparing the paperwork and did not fail to disclose any material aspect of her relationship with this guy, then I don’t think she can be prosecuted.”

DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan says there is no means or method for the county to document informal relationships between the payers and payees of county money.

Almost two weeks ago, Warren Mosby filed an ethics complaint of his own, against Commissioner Jeff Rader, alleging some of Rader’s spending was improper.

Earlier this week, former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer said she will plead guilty to federal wire and mail fraud charges in connection with her spending of county money, some of which was funneled back to her by a third party, according to court documents.