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Ethics Complaint Against Alderman Thomas Dismissed

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The city of Savannah's Ethics Committee does not regulate speech. That's essentially what prompted the committee to dismiss a complaint made against Alderman Tony Thomas on Friday. The complaint had been filed by local radio host Chester Dunham following an incident at the Capitol in Atlanta back in January.

Dunham alleges that Alderman Thomas approached him and his staff as they were conducting an interview during Savannah-Chatham day and used profanity in addressing the group. Dunham's complaint states that Alderman Thomas was obviously impaired during the incident. Reverend Matthew Brown, Chairman of the Ethics Committee suggested that if the Alderman would apologize and Mr. Dunham would accept, that the whole situation could be resolved. Mr. Dunham did not attend the meeting, but Alderman Thomas did.

He stood up at that point and not only refused to apologize, but threatened legal action. In the end, the Committee discussed a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council that they revisit the wording of the ordinance that governs the Ethic's Committee's actions to make it clearer.

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