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

Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...

Posted: 8 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...
Atlanta City Hall bonuses also went to council staff, new records show
 The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...

Posted: 19 days ago

The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...
Exclusive: Year-end bonuses under Reed cost Atlanta taxpayers $811,000
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...
No violations in text, record case, law firm tells Atlanta and GBI
 A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...

Posted: 20 days ago

A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...
Three more Atlanta department heads return controversial bonus checks
 Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...

Posted: 21 days ago

Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...
Atlanta police chief Shields returns controversial $10K bonus check
 Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...

Posted: 25 days ago

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...
Taxpayers cover $60K Harvard tuition for Atlanta’s exiting CFO
 Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...
Atlanta to examine if ‘excessive’ bonuses given by Reed were legal
 Bonuses awarded to former Mayor Kasim Reed’s top staff in the waning days of his administration were higher than the $350,000 reported Tuesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And now Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ top aide told City Council that the new administration wants to hire an outside law firm to investigate whether...

Posted: 27 days ago

Bonuses awarded to former Mayor Kasim Reed’s top staff in the waning days of his administration were higher than the $350,000 reported Tuesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And now Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ top aide told City Council that the new administration wants to hire an outside law firm to investigate whether...
Atlanta’s ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out
 Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. >> Read more trending news  The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming...

Posted: 28 days ago

Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. >> Read more trending news  The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming...
Ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out
 Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming and council members questioning its...

Posted: 28 days ago

Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming and council members questioning its...
Two AGs known for transparency hired in Atlanta open records cases
 Two former Georgia Attorneys General, both known for advocating for the right to access public records, have been hired to represent the City of Atlanta in civil and criminal cases involving alleged violations of the Georgia Open Records Act. One of them, Sam Olens, a Republican, revamped the open records law in 2012, making penalties...

Posted: 29 days ago

Two former Georgia Attorneys General, both known for advocating for the right to access public records, have been hired to represent the City of Atlanta in civil and criminal cases involving alleged violations of the Georgia Open Records Act. One of them, Sam Olens, a Republican, revamped the open records law in 2012, making penalties...