ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is launching an investigation into more than $500,000 in bonuses and party prizes that former Mayor Kasim Reed handed out just prior to leaving office.
The current mayor’s chief of staff, Marva Lewis, told the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' administration wants to hire an outside law firm to get to the bottom of the big-time bonuses and prize money, which she called excessive.
“We can’t reiterate this enough that this is a new day,” Lewis told the council.
Lewis further distanced Bottoms’ administration Wednesday from that of her predecessor.
“The mayor shares the concerns of the public. She shares the concerns that you have,” Lewis said.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant sat in on the council meeting as Lewis addressed the council, emphatic as she addressed the council's concerns over more than $500,000 in taxpayer-funded bonuses and party prizes to members of Mayor Reed's cabinet and dozens of other city employees in the final days of his administration.
“Does the administration deem these bonuses to have been excessive?” City Councilman Howard Shook asked Lewis.
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