News Briefs: Open records investigation; McIver murder trial; new city COO

The Georgia Attorney General’s office has asked the GBI to investigate former Mayor Kasim Reed’s press office for allegedly conspiring to violate the state’s open records act – the first ever under the law. The investigation stems from a request by WSB TV for the release of public records regarding water billing for the city’s elected officials, including Reed and members of the Atlanta City Council. Former communications officer Jenna Garland directed former Watershed Department spokesperson Lillian Govus to be as “unhelpful as possible” and “drag this out as long as possible” in filling WSB’s request for information.

Diane McIver (Courtesy LInkedIn)

The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver, accused of his shooting and killing his wife, Diane McIver, as they drove in and SUV near Piedmont Park in 2016, is underway. The AJC has a live blog of the trial at this link.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Richard Cox as Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta. According to a media statement, Cox will be a “loaned executive” from Cox Automotive and will serve the city for one year before he returns to his company. He currently serves as vice president of client advising and performance for Dealer.com, a Cox Automotive brand. The Atlanta City Council must confirm Cox before his appointment is final.

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