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

Atlanta taxpayers unlikely to recoup illegal employee bonuses, prizes
 The city of Atlanta might be able to reclaim some of the $800,000 in bonuses and prizes handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and council members at the end of last year, but it would have to sue city employees to do it. That’s the opinion of Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which told The...

Posted: 3 days ago

The city of Atlanta might be able to reclaim some of the $800,000 in bonuses and prizes handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and council members at the end of last year, but it would have to sue city employees to do it. That’s the opinion of Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which told The...
Atlanta grapples with city’s credit card policy in wake of subpoenas
 In 2016, Atlanta’s chief financial officer used his city-issued credit card to book three international business-class flights at a cost of $27,770. One of those trips was to Barcelona, where CFO Jim Beard also swiped his card for $3,800 on hotel rooms and $1,040 in restaurants. Taxpayers picked up a $2,000 restaurant tab from Beard&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

In 2016, Atlanta’s chief financial officer used his city-issued credit card to book three international business-class flights at a cost of $27,770. One of those trips was to Barcelona, where CFO Jim Beard also swiped his card for $3,800 on hotel rooms and $1,040 in restaurants. Taxpayers picked up a $2,000 restaurant tab from Beard&rsquo...
Questions raised about Atlanta probe of South Africa trip payment
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was not interviewed before an outside law firm provided a city board with the results of its investigation into a $40,000 payment Reed directed to cover luxury airfare to South Africa. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned law firm McFadden Davis interviewed Reed after delivering...

Posted: 22 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was not interviewed before an outside law firm provided a city board with the results of its investigation into a $40,000 payment Reed directed to cover luxury airfare to South Africa. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned law firm McFadden Davis interviewed Reed after delivering...
New subpoena focuses on Kasim Reed travel, mayor’s office credit card use
 The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now zeroed in on former Mayor Kasim Reed’s meetings, movements and the justifications for taxpayer-funded travel during his eight years in office. According to a subpoena, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, a federal grand jury is demanding...

Posted: 23 days ago

The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now zeroed in on former Mayor Kasim Reed’s meetings, movements and the justifications for taxpayer-funded travel during his eight years in office. According to a subpoena, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, a federal grand jury is demanding...
Feds demand 8 years of Reed, mayor’s office travel and p-card records
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained a new federal grand jury subpoena seeking records of Mayor Kasim Reed and his office’s credit card spending and travel for the entirety of his two terms in office.  The subpoena seeks Reed’s daily calendar covering his eight years in office, as well...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained a new federal grand jury subpoena seeking records of Mayor Kasim Reed and his office’s credit card spending and travel for the entirety of his two terms in office.  The subpoena seeks Reed’s daily calendar covering his eight years in office, as well...
Atlanta paid $21,000 to bury beloved staffer. But was it legal?
 When a beloved deputy commissioner in Atlanta’s Public Works Department died in 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed wanted to help the family by paying for the funeral and related expenses. He then handed the bills to taxpayers. Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K
Atlanta’s corruption probe-related legal bills...

Posted: 24 days ago

When a beloved deputy commissioner in Atlanta’s Public Works Department died in 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed wanted to help the family by paying for the funeral and related expenses. He then handed the bills to taxpayers. Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K Atlanta’s corruption probe-related legal bills...
Bottoms releases summary of investigation into disputed $40k payment
 The city of Atlanta on Wednesday quietly published on its website a three-page summary of the investigation into a controversial payment of luxury airfare to South Africa last year for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several members of his staff. No aspects of the investigation, which cost taxpayers $100,000, had been previously made public because...

Posted: 26 days ago

The city of Atlanta on Wednesday quietly published on its website a three-page summary of the investigation into a controversial payment of luxury airfare to South Africa last year for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several members of his staff. No aspects of the investigation, which cost taxpayers $100,000, had been previously made public because...
Make government gratuities a crime, Cobb DA says
 Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds wants the Georgia Legislature to put some teeth in a provision of the state Constitution that prohibits government from giving gifts to individuals without a benefit to taxpayers in return. Reynolds said violations of the so-called gratuities clause should be criminal offenses, and the associated...

Posted: 28 days ago

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds wants the Georgia Legislature to put some teeth in a provision of the state Constitution that prohibits government from giving gifts to individuals without a benefit to taxpayers in return. Reynolds said violations of the so-called gratuities clause should be criminal offenses, and the associated...
Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K
 Legal representation of Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy, which the city of Atlanta now says was improper, will nonetheless cost taxpayers $56,000, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The last of Gundy attorney Frank Strickland’s legal invoices were submitted to the city’s Law Department...

10:05 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Legal representation of Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy, which the city of Atlanta now says was improper, will nonetheless cost taxpayers $56,000, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The last of Gundy attorney Frank Strickland’s legal invoices were submitted to the city’s Law Department...
Atlanta City Hall scandal: another guilty plea as probe intensifies
 The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...

9:52 PM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...
Former Reed aide pleads guilty in corruption case
 Former Kasim Reed aide Katrina Taylor-Parks became the second high-ranking Atlanta official to plead guilty in the federal corruption investigation of City Hall Wednesday. Taylor-Parks, Reed’s former deputy chief of staff and a 23-year City Hall veteran, pleaded guilty to accepting $4,000 in bribes from a city vendor and agreed to cooperate...

10:55 AM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Former Kasim Reed aide Katrina Taylor-Parks became the second high-ranking Atlanta official to plead guilty in the federal corruption investigation of City Hall Wednesday. Taylor-Parks, Reed’s former deputy chief of staff and a 23-year City Hall veteran, pleaded guilty to accepting $4,000 in bribes from a city vendor and agreed to cooperate...