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by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comFaced with across-the-board budget cuts, including furloughdays and police staff reductions,Doraville City Council members areleading the way by slicing their owncompensation.The council will soon be vot-ing on an amendment to the citycharter to cut councilmembers’ payfrom $1,200 per month to $700 per month. That is a $6,000 drop fromtheir current annual compensationof $14,400.This cut will save the city$36,000, beginning in 2012.
, Doraville’s may-or’s assistant, said the council is“looking at cuts across the boardthat include personnel adjustmentsand furlough days.”“The council wanted to lead byexample,” said Howe, whose own job, at one point, was under consid-eration for elimination by the coun-cil. “They cut their salaries rst.”The proposed ordinance amend-ment was on the council’s agendafor July 18 and a public hearing onthe matter has been set for Aug.15.Last month, to help counter ashortfall, the city council voted toset the tax millage rate at 9 mills,which is a 3.28 percent tax increase.The council has mandated thatall city employees be furloughedfor ve days by the end the year.This action is expected to save thecity $80,000. The city’s departmentheads have been directed to sched-ule the furlough days to have theleast impact on city services.Under the plan, Doraville’s li- brary will be closed during the week of Dec. 19 to furlough library work-ers.A motion was approved torestrict the taking home of cityvehicles to a 15-mile radius fromemployee ofces for all workersexcept department heads, K-9 of-cers and on-call ofcers beginningin October. This is expected to saveapproximately $4,000.From the city’s police depart-ment, the council eliminated 12non-patrol employees and one codeenforcement ofcer. The depart-ment’s fuel budget was reducedfrom $200,000 to $170,000.Police Chief
said thedepartment is analyzing its opera-tions to determine which employeescan be cut without adversely affect-ing police services.“It’s a major impact—cutting 16 percent of your workforce,” Kingsaid. “There’s going to be an im- pact. I just don’t know how much.“The bottom line is the citydoesn’t have the revenue it has hadin the past,” King said.The council also approved theelimination of two public works po-sitions and one other position fromany city department. All positioneliminations are effective Oct. 1.Other cuts include: travel andtraining budget, $47,500; governing body professional services, $28,500;and planning department, $15,000.Employee life insurance is now anoptional benet with the employee paying the premiums, according tothe budget.
Doraville to cut police department staff, council members’ pay
Former police ofcerindicted on teen sex charges
partment, said the department is “workingintimately with [Allen] to solve her prob-lem.”And DeKalb ofcers have entered theAllen home several times and witnessedthe noise, Parish said.“We have done everything we can dowithin the connes of the law and the or-dinance,” Parish said.But Allen said she will not be satiseduntil the noise stops.“I am very upset,” Allen said. “We pay our property taxes and we can’t getthe services. We shouldn’t have to leaveour own house because of him.” by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA former DeKalb CountyPolice ofcer, who was indictedand arraigned on 16 chargesrelated to the alleged rape of a15-year-old female, has pleadednot guilty.
Quevius Orion Thornton
of Glendale Drive, is accusedof ve counts of statutory rape,four counts of enticing a childfor indecent purposes; four counts of aggravated child mo-lestation, simple battery, con-tributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of lessthan an ounce of marijuana.The incidents allegedly oc-curred between October 2010and January 2011.According to the indictment,Thornton is accused of engag-ing in sexual intercourse withthe minor in his vehicle in the parking lot of Dunaire Elemen-tary School on Oct. 22, 2010.Three days later, he allegedlyengaged in sexual intercourseand oral sex with the child atShoal Creek Park on GlenwoodRoad.Thornton also allegedlytook the girl to his residence4116 Ward Lake Trail and to the parking lot of Panola Way El-ementary School.The former police ofcer isalso accused of giving marijua-na to the girl and slapping her.Thornton also is alleged tohave engaged in sexual inter-course and oral sex with another female, age 16, on Jan. 1, 2011.According to court docu-ments, some of the crimes took place while another child was present.Thornton, who was arrestedon Jan. 4, has been incarceratedsince in the DeKalb County jail.He resigned from the policedepartment shortly after his ar-rest. Prior to joining the force in2008, Thornton worked in pri-vate security.
DeKalb DA beginsinvestigation ofschool cheaters
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb District Attorney
said his ofce has begun an investigation of thosenamed in the Atlanta Public School cheatingreport released by Gov.
’s ofceearlier this month.Several of the schools named in the scandalare located in DeKalb County and James saidhe and his ofce have been reviewing the nd-ings of the report and have spoken with stateinvestigators.“The one thing that you should know is thatthis investigation is of the utmost importancein our ofce and we take these disturbing al-legations very seriously because they affectchildren,” James said.James said that his ofce will soon begininterviewing witnesses and those allegedlyinvolved in cheating on the 2009 Criterion Ref-erenced Competency Tests.Among the schools located in DeKalbnamed in the report are East Lake Elementary,Toomer Elementary, Whitefoord Elementary,Coan Middle School and Crim High School.
Quevius Orion Thornton