We have posted information all over the DeKalb School Watch blogs – both the original and DSW2 – highlighting all of the issues we have uncovered about Gene Walker; his lack of ethics, his bullying tactics, his misogynistic ways, his racial divisiveness and his personal greed.
We will now repost a mix of old reports below so that you can all evaluate them here and decide for yourselves if perhaps Gene Walker is to blame for much of the current situation with DeKalb Schools:
Monday, January 5, 2009
Dr. Eugene Walker – Someone to Watch…
Did you know…
Dr. Eugene Walker – our newly elected representative for District 9 on the DeKalb County School Board – has also served on numerous boards for the county – and [at the time of the original post, served] as the Chair of the DeKalb Development Authority?
Did you know that the DeKalb County School Board and the DeKalb Development Authority are not his only responsibilities? Eugene Walker [at the time of the original post, served] as the Chairman of The Private Hospital Authority of DeKalb County and The Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly of DeKalb County as well.
Development Authorities were created by the Georgia General Assembly in for the purpose of promoting trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities for the public good and to promote the general welfare of the State. The Development Authority of DeKalb County was established in 1974 to promote economic development within DeKalb. It assists in financing business facilities and equipment for job creation and expansion. Do these goals align or conflict with the goals of a school system?
Did you know that the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia deemed the practice of using school taxes to fund developments known as TAD’s unconstitutional?
Did you know that the Georgia Legislature introduced and voters in November, passed an Amendment to the Georgia Constitution allowing School Boards to take part in funding these private developments using school tax dollars?
Did you know that one of the private developers with the deepest pockets, the Sembler Company – the people who tried to buy and develop school property at North Druid Hills Road also contributed at least $18,000 to the recent winning School Board campaign of Eugene Walker?
One more thing – did you also know – Dr. Lewis – Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools – was sponsored into the Commerce Club by Eugene Walker?
Think about it. Are these connections to developers good or bad for someone elected to serve our schools? We’ll be watching…
On the subject of misogyny: Gene is no stranger to the courts. As a legislator, Gene cost taxpayers $190,000 in 1993 to settle a sexual harassment case against him and was later accused of the same kind of harassment by another woman, who filed an even stronger case.
From Acess North Georgia
Posted: Thursday, July 1st 2004 at 4:00am
State paid $190,00 to settle earlier sex harassment
The sexual harassment lawsuit pending against state parole board member Gene Walker isn’t the first time he’s been named in such a case. The Associated Press has learned that the state quietly paid $190,000 a dozen years ago to settle the first lawsuit in which Walker was accused of sexually harassing a secretary.
The payment has never been identified as such in a state budget or audit, but following inquiries by The AP, the Legislative Fiscal Office and the state auditor confirmed the money was paid through a budget category labeled “other operating funds” of the state Senate in 1993.
The earlier lawsuit was filed when Walker was a powerful state senator. The state paid to settle allegations that he and two legislative colleagues sexually harassed a secretary in the state Senate.
An even bigger payout potentially is at stake in the current lawsuit against Walker, which was filed by a former parole board secretary. Plaintiff’s lawyers have told the state’s risk managers they believe their claim is worth $1 million to $3 million in damages.
Walker, who helps decide when murderers, sex offenders, and other felons are released from prison, declined a request for an interview. He referred questions through a parole board spokeswoman to his state-paid attorney, Bruce Edenfield. . . .
Kelly Timmons, an assistant law professor at Georgia State University who handled sexual harassment cases in private practice, said settlements are common in such cases to avoid the cost of extended litigation, and don’t constitute proof of the validity of the charges.
“Even if the defendant and the defense attorney don’t think the plaintiff has a very strong case, it’s very common for these to settle for nuisance value,” she said.
But she added, “The fact that it settled for $190,000 suggests that the state was concerned enough to offer six figures, which is more than nuisance value.”
The latest case was filed in 2002 in Fulton County State Court by Patricia Alexander, who claims that soon after she went to work for Walker at the parole board he “began making sexual innuendo and suggestive comments.”
The lawsuit claims the comments included “using sexually oriented and obscene language, commenting on the sexual activities and sexual preferences of other men and women, discussing his own sexual preferences, making inappropriate displays of affection and making offensive remarks concerning plaintiff’s anatomy and the anatomy of other women.”
So, the first suit, filed by a secretary, cost taxpayers nearly $200k. The second suit, filed 12 years later by a former parole board secretary, had the potential of costing taxpayers over a million dollars! We have not been able to determine the final outcome of that case.
QUESTION: Would Gene Walker have beaten Earnest Brown in their run-off if this has been public knowledge? Would eduKALB have endorsed Gene Walker over Ella Smith if they knew about these past incidents? Does eduKALB do any kind of background checks at all? [We blame eduKALB and the Chamber for this outcome.] In fact, where would be be today, if voters had elected Ernest Brown and Shayna Steinfeld, instead of Gene Walker and Paul Womack? Think about it. Michael Thurmond is right about one thing: Voters have to accept much of the blame for the condition of DeKalb schools. However, so do powerful people who control the media and election outcomes.