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

Atlanta paid Reed’s former law firm millions for vague flat-fee bills
 During former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s last four years in office, the city paid $2.2 million to a global law firm where Reed once worked for services only vaguely described on invoices as “litigation consultation” and “legal research.” The Paul Hastings LLP bills don’t identify the lawyers who performed...

Posted: 2 days ago

During former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s last four years in office, the city paid $2.2 million to a global law firm where Reed once worked for services only vaguely described on invoices as “litigation consultation” and “legal research.” The Paul Hastings LLP bills don’t identify the lawyers who performed...
Atlanta Mayor says court battle with former fire chief was too costly
 A lengthy legal battle stemming from the firing of former Atlanta fire chief Kevin Cochran who penned an inflamatory book that condemned homosexuality has ended with the city agreeing to pay the ousted employee $1.2 million. The case drew national attention and led to a two-and-a-half-year highly publicized legal battle  between...

Posted: 4 days ago

A lengthy legal battle stemming from the firing of former Atlanta fire chief Kevin Cochran who penned an inflamatory book that condemned homosexuality has ended with the city agreeing to pay the ousted employee $1.2 million. The case drew national attention and led to a two-and-a-half-year highly publicized legal battle  between...
Criminal charges still possible for Atlanta public records violations
 Although the city of Atlanta has agreed to reform how it handles public records requests, current and past employees could still face criminal charges for violations of Georgia’s Open Records Act, according to a Friday letter from state Attorney General Chris Carr. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a civil...

Posted: 15 days ago

Although the city of Atlanta has agreed to reform how it handles public records requests, current and past employees could still face criminal charges for violations of Georgia’s Open Records Act, according to a Friday letter from state Attorney General Chris Carr. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a civil...
Legal bills raise new questions about Atlanta airport contracts under Reed
 Shortly after Kasim Reed became mayor, his administration hired his former law firm to handle sensitive legal issues at the city’s prime asset, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Paul Hastings LLP defended the fairness of lucrative contract awards when the Reed administration was accused of steering them to political donors;...

Posted: 16 days ago

Shortly after Kasim Reed became mayor, his administration hired his former law firm to handle sensitive legal issues at the city’s prime asset, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Paul Hastings LLP defended the fairness of lucrative contract awards when the Reed administration was accused of steering them to political donors;...
City of Atlanta agrees to settle records case with AJC and Channel 2
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week. Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week. Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets...
City of Atlanta settles abuse of open records claims with AJC, WSB-TV
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week. Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week. Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets...
Mayor Bottoms announces big pay hike for Atlanta police officers
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that the city will increase police pay by 30 percent over the next three years. “This is an unprecedented step to improving public safety in our city,” Bottoms said. Starting in January, the city will add $10 million toward paying officers’ salaries. The increase will provide...

Posted: 19 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that the city will increase police pay by 30 percent over the next three years. “This is an unprecedented step to improving public safety in our city,” Bottoms said. Starting in January, the city will add $10 million toward paying officers’ salaries. The increase will provide...
CIM, Gulch supporters step up campaign to support $5 billion project
 Amid growing frustration that their deal to transform downtown’s Gulch is caught up in the crosscurrents of Atlanta City Hall politics, CIM Group and its partners stepped up their push this week to convince City Council and the public to support their planned $5 billion development. The development team and allies have purchased radio...

Posted: 23 days ago

Amid growing frustration that their deal to transform downtown’s Gulch is caught up in the crosscurrents of Atlanta City Hall politics, CIM Group and its partners stepped up their push this week to convince City Council and the public to support their planned $5 billion development. The development team and allies have purchased radio...
5 things to know about Atlanta’s new transparency ordinance
 The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved an ordinance designed to reform how the city responds to requests made under the Georgia Open Records Act. The Open Records Act gives the public the right to access to government documents and records. Here are five things to know about the changes for Atlanta: Before the ordinance was passed, former...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved an ordinance designed to reform how the city responds to requests made under the Georgia Open Records Act. The Open Records Act gives the public the right to access to government documents and records. Here are five things to know about the changes for Atlanta: Before the ordinance was passed, former...
State election board refers former ATL Mayor Reed case to AG
 The Georgia State Election Board has asked the state Attorney General to investigate whether former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed violated the state election laws based on a video showing him soliciting votes near a polling place, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News on Friday. The Channel 2 report says that Reed was surprised by the...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Georgia State Election Board has asked the state Attorney General to investigate whether former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed violated the state election laws based on a video showing him soliciting votes near a polling place, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News on Friday. The Channel 2 report says that Reed was surprised by the...
Atlanta City Council passes public records reform ordinance
 A transparency officer will police whether the city of Atlanta is following the state’s open records laws. A public website will allow anyone to track records requests online. And city employees will receive mandatory annual open records training . The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved an ordinance meant to reform how the city...

10:39 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

A transparency officer will police whether the city of Atlanta is following the state’s open records laws. A public website will allow anyone to track records requests online. And city employees will receive mandatory annual open records training . The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved an ordinance meant to reform how the city...