“We pulled emails that showed that he is using city phones and city computers to do business for (MetroAtlanta Ambulance) and according to the city policy manual, you can’t do that,” said David Ermutlu.
He filed the complaint at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the city’s clerk Debra Taylor.
“The other (complaint) is that he has failed to recuse himself from ambulance-related business in the city by arranging a meeting between Steve Kennedy (Kennesaw City Manager) and Pete Quinones (CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance).”
Mathews declined to comment on the complaint Tuesday, stating in an email that he was preparing for the city’s Independence Day celebration and will be with his family today, adding he would give an interview Thursday.
However, in mid-May when he was asked about the allegations, he said it was a mistake sending the work email from his City email address.
“I don’t have anything to hide,” Mathews told the Journal on May 15. “I screwed up, and I sent one email from the wrong account. As soon as I saw it, I let everybody know. It wasn’t on purpose.”
He also said he would recuse himself in any city business regarding ambulance service, as he did at that same day’s night City Council work session.
“As an employee with one of the companies, I won’t be involved in any of the discussions or the issues,” he said previously.
The meeting with Kennedy and Quinones was arranged by Mathews in early spring so that they could be “introduced” to the ambulance arrangement made between the state and the city and where Georgia EMS fit in, the mayor also previously said.
Tuesday’s complaint wasn’t the first that Ermutlu has tried to file.
He originally attempted to file a complaint with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office but said “they were not interested.”
“I then contacted the investigator for the governor’s office and they cannot take a report from a private citizen,” he said. “The proper procedure is to start at the local level so the complaint was filed so the City of Kennesaw Ethics Commission and it’s up to them to take action or not take action.”
He wasn’t sure when a ruling would be determined by the city’s ethics commission but said he knows that Mathews will receive a copy, which he got sometime Tuesday, along with the chair of the commission and the committee.
Ermutlu said a meeting will ultimately be called to determine if the outcome of the allegations.
Since 1998, the City of Kennesaw’s ambulance service has been Georgia EMS, a 12-employee company. MetroAtlanta Ambulance, Mathews’ employer since 2009, was designated by the state in 2001 to service that area but the City has allowed Georgia EMS to continue providing the ambulance service.
After a number of paramedics and drivers who work for both MetroAtlanta and Georgia EMS received an email a few months ago stating that MetroAtlanta would be taking over all 911 calls within the city limits, an Open Records Request was filed.
Ermutlu received a copy of the documents in early May and that’s when he learned about the alleged business Mathews was conducting in regards to MetroAtlanta Ambulance, where he is the manager of government relations, covering primarily metro Atlanta, excluding Kennesaw.
“It has to do with the mayor’s behavior with his employment at MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service,” Ermutlu said about the ethics complaint.