Kennesaw mayor ‘comes to terms’ with city official
by Nikki Wiley
August 01, 2013 11:37 PM | 3847 views | 21 21 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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KENNESAW — Mayor Mark Mathews says he has “come to terms” with the differences he has with a planning commission member who prompted an ethics complaint against him, and he won’t pursue removing her from the commission.

Kennesaw Planning Commission member Debra Williams, who has worked on the mayor’s past campaigns, prompted an ethics complaint against Mathews in June with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, who filed the complaint, alleges misuse of campaign funds just after the election in November 2011 after Mathews participated in a raffle at a banquet of the Kennesaw chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Mathews won a Rossi 20-gauge shotgun in that raffle valued between $350 and $400.

Mathews also is said to have spent $420 in leftover campaign funds to buy restaurant gift cards for city department heads just before Christmas 2011. The mayor said the gift cards were given simply as a measure of thanks for a job well done.

Williams would likely be a key witness in the ethics case because she was working as a volunteer at the Ducks Unlimited event.

Mathews says he did nothing wrong and has strictly followed the state law pertaining to election contributions.

Williams also provided the MDJ with text messages from more than two months ago between herself and the mayor, in which Mathews mocked late Councilman Bill Thrash for wanting his wife, Suzanne Thrash, to serve out the end of his term this year.

“We cleared the air,” Williams said, declining to comment on the specifics of the conversation.

Williams said she will serve the remaining two years of her term on the planning commission.

Mathews, too, declined to share details of their conversation, but said he is moving on.

“We met, had a very good conversation and we’ve come to terms on our differences,” Mathews said. “We’re moving forward.”

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Kennesaw Guard
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August 06, 2013
I saw Bozeman having breakfast with Matthews the day he made peace with Williams. Y'all think he might have cooked up a deal ? It's well known that he would sell his soul to the devil to get the heat off Welsh and Williams. Who knows what he promised the mayor for him to back off. He stabbed his old buddy Harper Harris in the back for the city. Now is he going after Wildman ?
Debra W
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August 07, 2013
YOU, Mr. Kennesaw Guard (and we know who you are because you have a pattern to your post), although you are totally and completely off base, I am honored that you think Mr. Bozeman would do that for us. However, I'd like to ask if you have anything else to do than troll the City and spread opinionated gossip. We actually have opportunities to volunteer in our City with many committees and events and I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss where we could plug you in to share your energy. I'm easy to find, so it seems.
Debra W
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August 06, 2013
I submitted a post but it seems to have been a little to Biblical for the MDJ, or not enough sensationalism. So all I'll say is read the book of Nehemiah! It's about healing and one's part of the healing in one's city. P.S. Will be surprised if this even makes it to the post. Guess I'll use another forum to have my original writing read by the public.
Here we go again...
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August 04, 2013
Mathews makes "peace" HA! More like bulldozed again...anyone ever going to stand up to this fake! He is a bad example of leaders in Kennesaw...these two women will probably will never be taken seriously again because they played nice right before his cronies elections...figures. Everybody eventually backs down from this fraud of a leader. Can anyone deliver us from this guy and his cronies Jeff, Tim and now Mat???
Ha
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August 04, 2013
You don't know these women!Don't underestimate what isn't written.
say what
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August 03, 2013
What's up with the raffle - why is it a crime?
Eileen Alberstadt
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August 04, 2013
Its all about the law! Read the do's and dont's what you can and can't do with campaign funds. If I were running for an office and you donated $650 to my campaign fund, would you not be a little upset if I went to Kohl's and went shopping? Well Mark had spent the monies on raffle tickets for a shotgun. Be honest! Would you not be upset?
Say this
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August 04, 2013
It's not the raffle - it was the campaign funds used to purchase the tickets.
Big Shanty Girl
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August 02, 2013
If Mark Matthews violated the law, and it is apparent that he did, Debra Williams has no

authority to grant him a pardon. This is a

matter that needs referral to the District

Attorney.
Assuming Aren't You
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August 02, 2013
I don't believe the article states she gave him pardon so where are you getting your information?
Good Times in K.
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August 02, 2013
Welsh and Williams are good local comedy, sorta like watching dogs chase after a car and snapping at the tires. Matthews is no rocket scientist but he gets the better of them regularly.
You R Bitter
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August 02, 2013
Mr. Bill Harris - you should know a lot about comedy since you are the town clown!
Cobb Reporter
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August 02, 2013
Debbie and Chris just got outplayed by the Mayor, he runs circles around them. Keep in mind that I have absolutely no use for any of them, but in this instance the Mayor won.
JJMule
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August 02, 2013
Always remember one thing, the Mayor is a graduate of Due West Elementary.

Must I say more, you bet he can run circles around most, if not all of them.
No Use
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August 02, 2013
You are laughable.
PolitChic
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August 04, 2013
Why does his elementary education have anything to do with this?
Kenn Govt Joke
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August 02, 2013
There is no reason to EVER consider removing Ms. Williams from her post.

She saw what she thought was something wrong, and reported it. Good for her. She did NOTHING wrong.

For the accused to remove her from her position would be nothing more than a personal retalitory attack.

This is why people don't report wrong doing. They are afraid of vengence attacks.

I am so sick and tired of picking up the MDJ and reading about trouble in Kennesaw. What a totally screwed up city, and it starts at the top.

I hope the voters throw 'em all out and start over again. This is what happens when people become career politicians. Term limits on everyone!!!!
Joe Bozeman
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August 02, 2013
I am so happy Mark and Debra sat down and worked this out. They both have vital roles in making Kennesaw a better city. Congratulations to you both, I hope this is a sigh of good things to follow.
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