• Outgoing Councilman Lamar Willis on the clock to return donated equipment

    By: Dave Huddleston


    ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has received dozens of invoices from an open records request for equipment for Councilman H. Lamar Willis.

    Almost $2,900 for a MacBook Air, $1,598 for a 21.5-inch iMac, another MacBook, four iPhones and a couple of iPads all total close to $10,000.

    Since Willis lost his City Council seat in November, that equipment is supposed to be returned. Sources in City Hall say Willis donated that equipment.

    Channel 2's Dave Huddleston tracked down Willis and talked to him on the phone for 45 minutes.

    He would not go on camera saying he's at the end of his public life and does not feel the need to be on the air.

    He admits, "I donated two iPads," but he has until Dec. 31 when his council term ends to return the thousands of dollars in equipment that he received after 12 years in office.

    Questions arose as to whether or not Willis could actually donate that equipment.

    The City Council Staff Director gave Channel 2 Action News a copy of the ordinance that reads, "All city property shall remain and continue to be assigned to the district or post."

    Stay with Channel 2 Action News through December to see if all of the equipment is returned.

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