GPD withholds records in case alleging judicial misconduct against local judge

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin is again refusing to release public records to The GRIP, this time withholding records associated with an investigation of alleged judicial misconduct involving Spalding County Magistrate Judge Don Taliaferro. The alleged misconduct was first reported to the Griffin Police Department on June 14, 2018, when Toni Presley […]

City of Griffin names Jessica O’Connor deputy city manager

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has promoted Jessica Whatley-O’Connor to the newly created position of deputy city manager. She was promoted from her previous position of chief of staff/staff attorney, a position she has held since July 2016. O’Connor says her new position will assist in further streamlining city operations. “The reporting […]

Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submits false statement to Attorney General’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submitted a false statement to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in response to a criminal complaint filed by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews. Following multiple refusals to release a public record over a period of several months, Mathews in November filed a complaint with the Griffin […]