Latest DeKalb bribery case leaves key questions unanswered

The latest DeKalb official to face corruption charges has his day in court Thursday. Former Zoning Board of Appeals member Jeremy L. Clark is expected to plead guilty. Late last week, he was charged with taking a $3,500 bribe in connection with his role. Federal prosecutors have been tight-lipped about the case, revealing only that the alleged crime occurred in 2012 continuing into 2013. Who paid the bribe? What zoning project was involved? Will others be charged? Court documents don’t provide clues.

DeKalb officials haven’t had much to say about the case either. They thought well enough of Clark to hire him for a full-time job in September as special projects coordinator for the Department of Watershed Management, which itself was the focus of a grand jury investigation that found DeKalb awash in a culture of corruption.

Clark lost that job in January, county officials said.

AJC report Mark Niesse is covering Clark’s plea hearing today. Check late this afternoon for updates.

Another DeKalb County bribery case could also be headed for a plea deal.

Patrick Jackson, the county’s former manager of custodial services, recently asked the federal court to continue his trial for at least two months. Jackson, indicted in September on allegations he steered county work to a company in exchange for a luxury apartment, furniture and utilities, wants more time to possibly negotiate a plea in the case, court records show.



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