May 6, 2014

Credit CardsEven though we see news stories about city and county officials using government credit cards for personal items more and more, County Manager Karen Degges, has pleaded with the BOC to get “one or no more than two county credit cards” for the finance staff (which includes herself). (See links to several news article at end of this blog.)

She says she “hasn’t worked anywhere in local government that doesn’t have credit cards.” She suggested that the county come into the current century. And of course, she says the card would only be used “when it is appropriate”. See the video below. Note Karen Degges doesn’t give specifics as to how the county hasn’t been able to function without a credit card all this time; she just give generalizations as to why they need one.

(Note: The video camera was trying to compensate for the sun coming into the courtroom. Picture blurs at times, but sound is fine.)

When hasn’t the county been able to buy things? What vendor(s) won’t accept a county purchase order? Has any employee never been reimbursed for any travel? Notice on the check registers that the BOC always has their rooms paid for in advance as does anyone else with training and other travel. Why do we care if Alpharetta has 5 credit cards and why did the County Manager use them as a comparison?

The county already appears to be in financial trouble. TWG expects the BOC to have to borrow money within 30 to 60 days. Even so, the BOC voted last night to allow the County Manager to “check into proposals” from the banks about getting a credit card.

Contact any and all Commissioners and let them know how you feel about the County Manager or any county employee having a county credit card.

Gene Trammell, Chair, Dist 3—Home: 706-468-0554, Cell: 762-435-1672 (cell does not work   when at home)  Email:

Bruce Henry, V.Chair, Dist 2—Cell: (706)819-3943 e-mail:

Carl Pennamon, Dist 1– Cell (762) 435-9766 Email:

Craig Salmon, Dist 4– Cell: (706) 819-3934 Email:

Doug Luke, Dist 5– Celll: 706-819-3933 Email: 

Please don’t hesitate to call the Commissioners so they can represent the citizens and vote accordingly.

 Read below about how government officials use credit cards.

How public officials ring up thousands of dollars of charges on public credit cards

Since January 2013 Dacula city councilman Gregory Reeves rang up more than $11,000 on his city credit card on pizza and fast food, car rentals and insurance, discount shoes and other charges, many of which city staff believed were for personal use. City staff say Reeves had used his city …

  • 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DeKalb official spent county funds on herself

DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, a crusader for cutting government spending, has rung up thousands of dollars in personal purchases on her county Visa card.The purchases include airline tickets bought during times the commissioner and her husband were having financial problems, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.She reimbursed the …

  • Updated: 5:37 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014

Residents decry East Point spending

Katy Blevins of East Point has been keeping careful track of the charges placed on the city manager’s credit card, and she doesn’t like what she’s seeing.Blevins says she has tracked more than $45,000 in purchases charged to City Manager Crandall Jones’ city-issued card in slightly more than three years, …

  • Updated: 4:43 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

East Point Councilman’s cable bill shows up on city credit card

East Point City Councilwoman Jackie Slaughter-Gibbons admitted Monday night that her cable television bill was charged on the city’s credit card, but maintained it was an honest mistake.The revelation was part of an emotionally charged meeting that saw several citizens take the city council and City Manager Crandall Jones to …

  • Updated: 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Questions raised on use of government credit cards

A report by internal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency found ‘ineffective oversight’ at the EPA allowed federal workers to use government credit cards to buy gift cards, gym memberships, food and thousands of dollars in other items that were not properly approved for purchase by the agency in 2012. …

  • 8:38 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014


Yep! Jasper County really needs to come into the “current century.”


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