Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

No additional votes for Norwood in Atlanta mayoral runoff recount
 Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec.-5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec.-5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...
Atlanta council votes to consolidate city pension boards
 After a threat of a lawsuit and a two-hour closed door meeting, the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that consolidates the city’s three pension boards and gives the mayor’s office substantially more power over more than $3 billion in investments. The decision came following months of debate and protests...

Posted: 3 days ago

After a threat of a lawsuit and a two-hour closed door meeting, the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that consolidates the city’s three pension boards and gives the mayor’s office substantially more power over more than $3 billion in investments. The decision came following months of debate and protests...
Atlanta pension liability up $30M under new plan for officials, staff
 Atlanta City Council last week approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposal allowing up to 288 employees to buy back into the city’s defined benefits pension program — a move that could increase the pension system’s unfunded liability by up to $30 million. The Dec. 4 vote was one of two controversial pension board measures...

Posted: 4 days ago

Atlanta City Council last week approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposal allowing up to 288 employees to buy back into the city’s defined benefits pension program — a move that could increase the pension system’s unfunded liability by up to $30 million. The Dec. 4 vote was one of two controversial pension board measures...
Former Atlanta pension adviser suspended and fined by SEC
 Larry Gray, a former adviser to some of metro Atlanta’s largest public pensions, has been suspended by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for intentionally defrauding city of Atlanta and MARTA retirement systems. An SEC order dated Nov. 22 suspends Gray from serving as or working for an investment adviser for two years, then...

Posted: 15 days ago

Larry Gray, a former adviser to some of metro Atlanta’s largest public pensions, has been suspended by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for intentionally defrauding city of Atlanta and MARTA retirement systems. An SEC order dated Nov. 22 suspends Gray from serving as or working for an investment adviser for two years, then...
City council to vote on plan to merge Atlanta’s three pension boards
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has proposed a merger of the city’s three pension boards — a controversial move critics see as the mayor rushing to consolidate power on a body that controls $3 billion in investments. City council could vote on the measure as early as Monday — just a month before Reed leaves...

Posted: 16 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has proposed a merger of the city’s three pension boards — a controversial move critics see as the mayor rushing to consolidate power on a body that controls $3 billion in investments. City council could vote on the measure as early as Monday — just a month before Reed leaves...
AJC political watch: Truth testing Atlanta’s candidates for mayor
 Half truths and innuendo have long been among the dark arts honed by political operatives. For the past several months, they have marked the campaigns of those vying to become Atlanta’s next mayor. As Tuesday’s runoff election between councilwomen Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms has neared, the allegations of shady...

Posted: 16 days ago

Half truths and innuendo have long been among the dark arts honed by political operatives. For the past several months, they have marked the campaigns of those vying to become Atlanta’s next mayor. As Tuesday’s runoff election between councilwomen Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms has neared, the allegations of shady...
Ethics commission to investigate mayoral candidate’s campaign filings
 The state ethics commission is investigating the campaign filings of Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed last week that Bottoms’ failed to properly identify people and entities she paid for campaign work on campaign expenditure reports filed with the city and state. The AJC&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

The state ethics commission is investigating the campaign filings of Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed last week that Bottoms’ failed to properly identify people and entities she paid for campaign work on campaign expenditure reports filed with the city and state. The AJC&rsquo...
Atlanta mayoral hopefuls call for transparency. How do they measure up?
 The federal bribery investigation hanging over Atlanta City Hall has extracted pledges for a more transparent and open government from candidates still in the race to succeed Kasim Reed and become the city’s 60th mayor. With less than two weeks until the Dec. 5 runoff election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dissected spending reports...

Posted: 24 days ago

The federal bribery investigation hanging over Atlanta City Hall has extracted pledges for a more transparent and open government from candidates still in the race to succeed Kasim Reed and become the city’s 60th mayor. With less than two weeks until the Dec. 5 runoff election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dissected spending reports...
Atlanta mayoral race: Bottoms campaign disclosures under scrutiny
 The head of the state’s ethics commission said on Wednesday that his agency was investigating Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ failure to report exactly who has been paid by her campaign. Bottoms’ campaign disclosures lists several lump sum payments of $5,000 or more to “campaign staff.” The payments...

Posted: 24 days ago

The head of the state’s ethics commission said on Wednesday that his agency was investigating Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ failure to report exactly who has been paid by her campaign. Bottoms’ campaign disclosures lists several lump sum payments of $5,000 or more to “campaign staff.” The payments...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Norwood releases 9 years of tax returns
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood released nine years of her and her husband’s federal tax returns on Monday, arguing that an ongoing federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall required greater transparency. Norwood is in the Dec. 5 runoff against Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said she was open to releasing her returns...

Posted: 26 days ago

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood released nine years of her and her husband’s federal tax returns on Monday, arguing that an ongoing federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall required greater transparency. Norwood is in the Dec. 5 runoff against Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said she was open to releasing her returns...
Atlanta mayoral candidates weigh in on homelessness, race, corruption
 Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...

10:49 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...