Macon-Bibb commissioner calls for Dallemand investigation

jmink@macon.comApril 1, 2014 

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Maco-Bibb County Commissioner Mallory Jones

BEAU CABELL — bcabell@macon.com

Macon-Bibb Commissioner Mallory Jones has added his voice to those seeking a criminal investigation of the actions of former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand.

In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney Michael Moore, Jones asked Moore to issue multiple subpoenas to “all key people” in the alleged inappropriate spending activities, which were criticized in a recent audit of the school system.

The audit questioned millions of dollars in purchase orders on technology equipment and services made without school board approval.

The audit also criticized spending related to the Macon Promise Neighborhood project.

In the letter obtained by The Telegraph, Jones requested subpoenas for suppliers involved in contracts of more than $500,000. He also asked Moore to authorize a federal grand jury to begin the investigation “of what appears to be serious criminal activity.”

The state attorney general is considering whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Dallemand’s actions. The attorney general’s office recently requested additional information from the school district to support a criminal investigation.

In the letter, Jones said he wanted to reach out to the U.S. attorney because “these serious issues will continue to plague our community.”

“I submit to you now, that you may be our last hope,” Jones said in the letter, “and that you have the ability to help cleanse our community so that we can continue our positive momentum that will allow us the opportunity to become one of the best communities in the South, if not America.”

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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