published Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

No conflict found in photo deal


by Chris Carroll
  • photo
    East Ridge Vice Mayor Larry Sewell
    Staff File Photo

Investigative review
Investigative review

East Ridge Vice Mayor Larry Sewell, the city councilman who won re-election despite a misconduct inquiry, was cleared Monday of all wrongdoing related to $1,000 the city paid the photography business he owned while in office.

“There is no evidence of a conflict of interest,” Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox said.

Sewell did not return a detailed phone message Tuesday.

In 2008 and 2009, East Ridge contracted Still Motion Photo to shoot pictures of two parties the city threw for former city managers. Taken together, Still Motion billed East Ridge $1,008.50 for six hours of photography.

East Ridge, the district attorney’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reviewed documentation on Sewell after the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on the money paid to his business.

All three agencies found that Sewell properly disclosed his ownership of Still Motion Photo. None found proof that the councilman “voted on, negotiated, supervised or approved” any contracts between the city and his company.

According to the East Ridge City Charter, the city manager is not required to notify the council of payments under $5,000. The district attorney’s exoneration letter does not speculate whether the $1,000 from East Ridge went to Sewell or Still Motion’s co-owner, J.R. Mullins.

Sewell said he resigned from the company before the billings despite a 2009 Tennessee Ethics Commission disclosure that names Still Motion Photo as one of his three sources of income.

MORE:

East Ridge paid Sewell for photos

TBI asked to look at Sewell bill to East Ridge

1
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
harrystatel said...

Why anyone would believe the DA, East Ridge City government, and the political Gestapo known as the TBI?

More incestuous relationships here than in Michael Jackson's family and Chattanooga City Hall combined.

March 16, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
please login to post a comment

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement
400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.