Review finds no ethics violations by Adrian city administrator

Pevita Lena

ADRIAN — A review of an ethics violation complaint by Adrian’s former city attorney against the city administrator has found no violations. 

Interim city attorney John Gillooly reviewed the allegations made by Tamaris Henagan against Greg Elliott at Elliott’s direction. 

“It is the opinion of the undersigned, having conducted a review of the allegations made by Tamaris Henagan, the binder of materials submitted in support of her allegations, together with other available documents attached hereto as Appendices, that City Administrator Gregory M. Elliott did not violate any City of Adrian Ethics Policy during his tenure as City Administrator,” Gillooly wrote. “Rather, the allegations appear to be made by a disgruntled former independent contractor of the City of Adrian who served as its City Attorney and has recently announced her candidacy for public office within the City of Adrian.” 

Greg Elliott

Henagan resigned as city attorney on May 17, citing “ethical concerns.” At a meeting May 20 when the city commission formally accepted her resignation, she announced she is running as a write-in candidate for the city commission. 

Tamaris Henagan

On May 27, Henagan filed an ethics complaint against Elliott in which she claimed he had violated the city’s ethics policy. 

Gillooly reviewed those complaints as well as how the ethics policy says complaints should be investigated.  

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“The report really speaks for itself,” Elliott said in an email. “It reiterates, in no uncertain terms, what I have already said, which is that Ms. Henagan’s assertions were entirely baseless. As a person who has been an attorney in this state for over 25 years, I struggle to understand how any member of the Bar could make allegations that are so obviously defamatory and completely lacking in merit.” 

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