ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-After several questions were raised by the media about possible preferential treatment of the brother of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed during a traffic stop, on Friday morning the mayor announced that his older brother, Tracy Reed, had resigned from his job with the city of Atlanta. According to the AJC, the city’s Human Resources Department launched an investigation into allegations that Tracey Reed drove a city vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
On Friday, the mayor confirmed that his brother had violated city policy. Tracy Reed, 47, had worked for the city for 12 years and was recently made a supervisor in the Office of Contract Compliance.
At a hastily arranged news conference, Kasim Reed said Friday was the hardest day he has had since becoming mayor nearly two years ago. He said he first learned of the problem on Tuesday night.
“This morning, my brother submitted a formal letter of resignation to his supervisor,” Kasim Reed said at the news conference at City Hall. “He loved working for the city and he loved helping small and disadvantaged businesses.
“He told me he realized he displayed a lapse in judgment,” the mayor continued. “The last 72 hours have been very difficult for me. I never hesitate to say that I love my big brother. However, as mayor of the city, I have pledged to hold employees accountable.”
The city’s law department is investigating an Oct. 28 traffic stop in which Tracy Reed was apparently allowed to drive away without a ticket after being stopped while driving with a suspended license. At that time, he also had a bench warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court to answer a charge of driving on a suspended license. The arrest warrant was canceled Thursday after Tracy Reed’s lawyer had his court date reset.
Kasim Reed said the results of that investigation will be made public within days