The Newnan Times-Herald


Council to weigh ethics complaint

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Jul. 16, 2017 - 5:37 AM

The Grantville City Council will decide how to handle an ethics complaint filed against Councilman Mark King in March at a special called meeting tomorrow, despite the reconciliation last month by King and Grantville resident Marion Cieslik, who filed the complaint.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Grantville City Hall. The complaint would have been handled earlier, but scheduled council meetings had to be moved due to the Fourth of July Holiday and council members attending the Georgia Municipal Association Conference. 

Leon Dyes, Selma Coty, Billy Hand and Willie Clements Sr. served on the ethics panel and deemed the complaint meritorious. Coty was elected panel chairman. That finding didn’t decide if King was guilty of the allegations, only that the complaint wasn’t frivolous.

In the document outlining the March complaint, Cieslik states that King violated Sec. 2-170 of the Ethics Code, which is intended to “encourage high ethical standards in conduct by city officials and to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all such officials by setting forth those acts and actions that are incompatible with the best interest of the city.” 

Cieslik’s complaint was also based on comments from King during a meeting of the Administrative Committee, which King chairs. Cieslik said he has a recording of King referring to him as “a heating and air man.”

Cieslik does, in fact, hold a conditioned-air license, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.