Ethics board won’t discuss Eaton-Welsh
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
September 10, 2012 12:52 AM | 3625 views | 10 10 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — Kennesaw ethics board members will not be discussing at their next meeting whether or not Councilwoman Chris Eaton-Welsh acted unethically when she treated public employees for free at her chiropractic clinic, said Chairwoman Terri Copeland.

Eaton-Welsh brought the issue to the attention of the Kennesaw Board of Ethics in a letter, which was briefly discussed at the board’s Aug. 29 meeting. However, the board, which is busy rewriting the city’s code of ethics, won’t be tackling it anytime soon, Copeland said.

“It’s not something at this point that we’re going to look into,” she said on Friday. “She was simply disclosing a possible conflict of interest.”

The ethics board will meet to review the code during a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw.

First elected in June 2009 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2011, Eaton-Welsh is also a doctor at Eaton Chiropractic on South Main Street in downtown Kennesaw, where she has a private practice with her father, Doc Eaton. As pro bono work, she has often treated police, fire, ambulance and active military personnel at no charge, according to the letter.

But Mayor Mark Mathews has suggested that the longstanding practice may violate the city’s current ethics code, said Copeland. Eaton-Welsh in the letter said such pro bono work is an industry-wide practice.

“The mayor has brought it to her attention that this is a conflict of interest and possible violation of the code of ethics, so she wanted to submit a letter acknowledging the fact that this practice goes on and that she is no longer treating anyone personally,” Copeland told the five-member ethics board.

Copeland said it’s unclear whether the practice violates any current ethics. Once the city’s new ethics code is approved by elected officials, the issue could be addressed in an advisory opinion, board members said at their last meeting.

The process of rewriting the current code, which has been criticized as being vague in some areas and lacking teeth, is expected to be completed by December.
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September 15, 2012
Dear Metro Atlanta Ambulance,

Every time the town jester (known as Mark Mathews) is mention for doing somethng unethical or just down right dumb, it's also mentioned that he works for you.

How long are you going to put up with the negative publicity he brings to your company?

Certainly you don't still believe that after all the questions surrounding his actions, that any public official will take his calls.

He's supposed to be your government relations manager. Ha, what a joke.
Eileen Alberstadt
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September 12, 2012
Are you really serious Mark? Or just nit-picking? This BS has got to stop! My God, this is our community and elected officials are supposed to look out for their people who voted them in to office. Not threatening someone because they feel they are not on the best terms with eachother. My God, Cris is on your Council! Who will it be next? If you are unhappy with something about a person would you go after Jeff? Tim? Bruce? and Bill?



In my estimation; this is one of the finest gestures that anyone can do. I am proud of the Eaton Family for dedicating that time and service for these individuals. I am sure that when they leave the Eaton Chiropractic Office that they feel relieved of their pain that they entered that door with. I remember a day that I could hardly stand from lower back pain and within days, that pain was gone. Thank you Dr. Cris! I salute the Eaton Family and Staff for helping those who serve and protect this community. I am sure each and everyone of them appreciate them. Hats off to Eaton Chiropractic!

Eileen Alberstadt
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September 11, 2012
Are you really serious Mark? Or just nit-picking? This BS has got to stop! My God, this is our community and elected officials are supposed to look out for their people who voted them in to office. Not threatening someone because they feel they are not on the best terms with eachother. My God, Cris is on your Council! Who will it be next? If you are unhappy with something about a person would you go after Jeff? Tim? Bruce? and Bill?



In my estimation; this is one of the finest gestures that anyone can do. I am proud of the Eaton Family for dedicating that time and service for these individuals. I am sure that when they leave the Eaton Chiropractic Office that they feel relieved of their pain that they entered that door with. I remember a day that I could hardly stand from lower back pain and within days, that pain was gone. Thank you Dr. Cris! I salute the Eaton Family and Staff for helping those who serve and protect this community. I am sure each and everyone of them appreciate them. Hats off to Eaton Chiropractic!

Debra Williams
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September 11, 2012
The Chiropractic service given to our men and women serving was begun by Doc Eaton, it was his way of supporting these servants for their selfless efforts. Cris continued this service long before she was elected to Council and reassigned each individual to Dr's. in her office. It's a sad day when giving back to the those who serve us everyday becomes a knife to be stuck in our backs! I would hope we would all step back and take a look at how we could help these families out, after all, their pay is very little for the sacrifices they make, and when does our job put us in the position of being shot at, sent away from our families for months and years? They can choose another chiropractor who offers this same service. And yes, there are others who do this. When our elected officials are looking over their shoulders for the attack from another elected official, they aren't focused on doing their job because it incites paranoid tendencies. I fear the next election will render results that could be detrimental to our city simple because these antics have gotten out-of-hand and the public wants anyone running against our current leadership in those positions. Unfortunately, elections come down to friendships or choosing the best of the worst. Remember, when you vote, it's business, not personal.
D Kelley
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September 11, 2012
Mayor Mathews is just retaliating against Chris Welch for speaking up at the city council meeting about how he has an interest in Metro. You are the worst mayor that the City of Kennesaw has ever had. I can't wait until your gone. Your day will come and you will be judged.
Joe Bozeman
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September 11, 2012
I consider both Chris and Mark to be personal friends of mine. I see nothing wrong for Cris to treat these people for free. I also saw nothing wrong with Georgia State Law being enforced by the City of Kennesaw and having Metro provide ambulance service in the city.

I would like to see the squabbling come to an end and all work for the betterment of Kennesaw.

After all, if Bill Harris and I can sit down and work out our differences. There is hope for the mayor and council.
kennesawga
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September 11, 2012
what a joke this M&C are!!
anonymous
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September 10, 2012
September 10th really? Mayor Matthews challenges another politician's charity work with Active Military and First responders?
KennesawWatching
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September 10, 2012
So, Mayor Mathews has a problem with helping those who fight for our country, go into burning buildings and serve & protect us?

Sounds like the Mayor is doing whatever he can to get the eyes off of him.
anonymous
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September 11, 2012
Amen!
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