Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Hall reporter

Stephen Deere covers Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta government. He previously covered St. Louis County (Mo.) and worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Latest from Stephen Deere

Invest Atlanta to review $40k check for ex-mayor Reed’s So. Africa trip
 After an hour behind closed doors in an executive session, the Invest Atlanta board voted unanimously to create an ad hoc committee to perform an independent review of a $40,000 transaction between the city and its nonprofit fundraising arm, Partners For Prosperity. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that Atlanta City Council...

Posted: 17 hours ago

After an hour behind closed doors in an executive session, the Invest Atlanta board voted unanimously to create an ad hoc committee to perform an independent review of a $40,000 transaction between the city and its nonprofit fundraising arm, Partners For Prosperity. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that Atlanta City Council...
Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff
 Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor&rsquo...
Atlanta corruption probe seeks former Mayor Kasim Reed’s records
 The sprawling federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now reached the office of former Mayor Kasim Reed. An April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury demands information about charges made to Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy; political consultant Rev. Mitzi...

Posted: 2 days ago

The sprawling federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now reached the office of former Mayor Kasim Reed. An April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury demands information about charges made to Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy; political consultant Rev. Mitzi...
Former Mayor Kasim Reed named in Atlanta City Hall corruption subpoena
 For the first time, federal prosecutors are seeking records of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the sprawling federal investigation of City Hall corruption. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday received a copy of an April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking, among other things, Reed’s city-issued credit card statements...

Posted: 2 days ago

For the first time, federal prosecutors are seeking records of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the sprawling federal investigation of City Hall corruption. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday received a copy of an April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking, among other things, Reed’s city-issued credit card statements...
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms proposes new open records policy
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced a new policy on public records that includes mandatory training, potential disciplinary action, and a new city officer dedicated to enforcing the Georgia Open Records Act. The policy represents drastic overall to how the city responds to requests for records made under the state’s open...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced a new policy on public records that includes mandatory training, potential disciplinary action, and a new city officer dedicated to enforcing the Georgia Open Records Act. The policy represents drastic overall to how the city responds to requests for records made under the state’s open...
Atlanta mayor announces sweeping reform for records requests
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced new policies that drastically reform how the city responds to requests made under the Georgia Open Records Act. The announcement came in a letter to the City Council dated Monday, and was made only days after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a complaint with...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced new policies that drastically reform how the city responds to requests made under the Georgia Open Records Act. The announcement came in a letter to the City Council dated Monday, and was made only days after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a complaint with...
Police protection for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed officially ends
 The police detail that drove and guarded Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed officially ended at midnight on Thursday, according to a report from Channel 2 Action News. The Atlanta Police Department extended Reed’s police protection for 100 days after he left office. The Police Department said in February that the police protection Reed...

Posted: 6 days ago

The police detail that drove and guarded Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed officially ended at midnight on Thursday, according to a report from Channel 2 Action News. The Atlanta Police Department extended Reed’s police protection for 100 days after he left office. The Police Department said in February that the police protection Reed...
Cost of City of Atlanta’s cyber attack: $2.7 million — and rising
 The City of Atlanta entered into emergency contracts worth $2.7 million to help restore the city’s computer network in the days following the March 22 ransomware cyber attack. But despite hiring a stable of security consultants and crisis communications experts, some departments remain hobbled by an attack that occurred after years...

Posted: 7 days ago

The City of Atlanta entered into emergency contracts worth $2.7 million to help restore the city’s computer network in the days following the March 22 ransomware cyber attack. But despite hiring a stable of security consultants and crisis communications experts, some departments remain hobbled by an attack that occurred after years...
As 100-day mark nears, Atlanta mayor asks cabinet to resign

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told all of her cabinet members on Monday to hand in their resignations by the end of the day.The group includes about 35 top city officials. Once she’s made further assessments, Bottoms said in a statement, she’ll determine which resignations to accept. The statement did not provide a time-frame...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told all of her cabinet members on Monday to hand in their resignations by the end of the day.The group includes about 35 top city officials. Once she’s made further assessments, Bottoms said in a statement, she’ll determine which resignations to accept. The statement did not provide a time-frame...
Atlanta mayor cleans house, asks entire cabinet to resign
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday told her cabinet members that she wants their resignations by the end of the day. >> Read more trending news  A city official said that Bottoms has also told her cabinet — a group that includes 35 top city officials — that she will decide by the end of the week whose resignations...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday told her cabinet members that she wants their resignations by the end of the day. >> Read more trending news  A city official said that Bottoms has also told her cabinet — a group that includes 35 top city officials — that she will decide by the end of the week whose resignations...
Atlanta City Hall shakeup: Mayor asks entire cabinet to resign
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday told her cabinet members that she wants their resignations by the end of the day. A city official said that Bottoms has also told her cabinet — a group that includes 35 top city officials — that she will decide by the end of the week whose resignations she will accept and whose she...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday told her cabinet members that she wants their resignations by the end of the day. A city official said that Bottoms has also told her cabinet — a group that includes 35 top city officials — that she will decide by the end of the week whose resignations she will accept and whose she...