Without officially resigning, embattled Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly voluntarily suspended himself until the charges have been resolved or until Kenerly’s term ends at the end of December. Kenerly is under indictment for allegedly accepting $1 million in bribes related to County land purchases and failing to disclose a relationship with a private developer seeking rezoning from the County.
Kenerly was facing increasing criticism from voters.
“That’s what he needed to do,” said Steve Ramey of the Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots. “He should have done it a long time ago.”
James Bell, co-founder of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, said Kenerly’s presence on the commission was a distraction.
“I can’t say I’m happy, but I’m pleased,” he said. “Kenerly did the right thing in stepping down.”
Fellow alliance member Ron Williams agreed.
“I think it was a little late,” he said, “but it was the right thing to do.”
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.