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Ex-City Official Sues Atlanta Mayor Over Firing

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ATLANTA (AP) — A former city employee is suing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city officials, saying he was fired after raising concerns that a woman still had city equipment and access to the city’s computer system after leaving her city job.

Jomo Reynolds, a former Atlanta Department of Watershed Management official, filed the federal lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

WAGA-TV reported details of the lawsuit. Reynolds told the station that he also raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest involving the woman’s new job with a company that does business with the city.

Reynolds said he was worried that the woman’s continued involvement in official city business after leaving her city job was “inappropriate, improper, and in violation of state and/or local law, policy, ordinance, and/or regulation,” his lawsuit states.

“Mr. Reynolds’ lawsuit has no merit whatsoever,” the mayor’s spokeswoman, Sonji Jacobs Dade, said in a statement sent Thursday to The Associated Press.

“If and when he decides to serve the complaint, the City of Atlanta will vigorously fight these baseless claims,” she said. “Because this is a pending litigation matter, the city cannot comment further at this time.”

Reynolds said he was fired in January in retaliation for voicing the concerns, including his fears that the woman had access to confidential information which could result in harm to the city.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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