AJC reports the Grand Jury indicted Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly for one count of bribery and two counts of failing to disclose a financial interest in connection with properties the county bought.
The Grand Jury considered, but did not indict former Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charles Bannister who recently resigned amidst the controversy.
AJC obtained the Bill of Indictment.
The Gwinnett County Grand Jury investigating the County’s parkland purchases considered indicting former Commission Chair Charles Bannister for perjury for making false statements, but declined. The Grand Jury continues its work and will meet again on October 22. Until then, the work of the Grand Jury and the fates of Bannister, Commissioner Kevin Kenerly and others remains unknown.
UPDATE: Charles Bannister cut a deal with the Grand Jury to resign as Commission Chair to avoid indictment.
Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Michael Clark ordered the work of the Grand Jury be kept under seal until October 22. Commissioner Kenerly formally objected to the Grand Jury filing a motion last week challenging its work. That motion is also under seal.
Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlie Bannister unexpectedly resigned before his scheduled appearance before a Grand Jury investigating the County’s $37 million land deals. Chairman Bannister was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. First elected to public office in 1976, Bannister served on the Lilburn City Council six years then two years as Mayor. Bannister went on to serve eighteen years in the Georgia House of Representatives before being elected Gwinnett County Chairman in 2004.
Chairman Bannister and fellow County Commission Kevin Kenerly were to appear today for the last meeting of the Grand Jury in its 9-month investigation into land deals. The investigation has centered on allegations that the County paid politically connected developers inflated prices for parkland.
Commissioner Kenerly met with the Grand Jury the news of Bannister’s resignation broke.
AJC snagged the resignation letter.