In just a few hours, the City of Atlanta will decide if a man who took $30,000 from an injured child and ran a fraudulent charity for years is worthy of public trust.
There are two votes today; one at 11:15 a.m. and one at 1:15 p.m.
Four council members are the key votes to block this appointment. It is important that you take a moment to contact them right now.
Both votes are required to put disbarred former city councilman Lamar Willis on the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority.
So much has been written about this case already:
- Disgraced Former Councilman, Willis, Seeks Land Bank Appointment
- Reed appoints former councilman Lamar Willis to land bank authority
But to understand just how shocking this appointment would be, it’s best to look at the original paper trail.
In 2007, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office investigated city councilman Willis after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that he had been running a charity without any legal approval or oversight.
The Secretary of State documented that Willis used three bank accounts to move money between an unregistered nonprofit, his political campaign and his personal bank account.
Ultimately, it was reported that Mr. Willis moved $53,528.13 intended for his “charity” directly to his personal bank account.
And just a few years later Willis was caught pocketing $30,000 that was intended as an award for one of his clients who happened to be an injured child.
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Willis had violated the public trust in such an extreme manner that they disbarred him to prevent him from hurting future clients.
Voters in his district took notice.
In 2013, Willis was rejected by voters and kicked off the city council.
Today, Willis will face his former peers again. He will ask them to serve the city once again in a position of public trust.
It appears that the vote will be close. You can make a difference right now.
Sign and share the petition: Tell Mayor Reed to withdraw his appointment of Lamar Willis
Or, even better, talk to your city council members.
These four council members are the key votes to block this appointment:
Send an email or call these City Council members right now to tell them to block the appointment of Lamar Willis. He has not earned a position of public trust and Atlanta’s voters have already rejected him.
We must demand that our government work for all of us. And to do that, it must work at every level. Mayor Reed and the City of Atlanta should lead the state by example and show that progressive values aren’t conditional on political parties. Sign and share the petition.