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Alpharetta City Council
January 10, 2005 Councilman R. J. Kurey adds words to the city charter when reading from it into the record of an Alpharetta City Council meeting. When another councilman asks for a copy of the charter Kurey was reading from later in the day, Kurey replied "Kiss my [deleted], you pompous SOB!
  Alpharetta City Council
March 23, 2005 The Alpharetta City Council votes 6-1 to begin proceedings to strip Councilman R. J. Kurey from his post. A report from an independent investigator indicated that Kurey had harrassed and intimidated city employees and posed a legal liability to the city of Alpharetta (Fulton County).
  Alpharetta City Council
May 6, 2005 Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan refused to stop Alpharetta's investigation into City Councilman R.J. Kurey. The councilman is accused of trying to fake a city law, misleading the public and verbally abusing employees.
  Alpharetta City Council
August 1, 2005 Alpharetta City Councilman R. J. Kurey threatens City Administrator Bob Regus
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August 8, 2005 Alpharetta City Council votes to limit R. J. Kurey's communication as a council member to statements that have been factually checked by the city attorney.
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August 18, 2005 Alpharetta City Council votes to remove R. J. Kurey from his seat on the council following dramatic evidence that Kurey repeatedly broke city laws and threatened city employees and residents.
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In an unusual string of events the city of Alpharetta (2004 population, 37,207) has been repeatedly thrust into an unfavorable spotlight. First, the ongoing ChoicePoint scandal, then Whitney Houstoun, Alpharetta's most famous resident, re-entered drug rehab. With these as a backdrop the Alpharetta City Council became embroiled in its own controversy over the conduct of one of its members, R. J. Kurey.

Best described as an occasional politician, Kurey, who owns a mass-marketing firm, threatened City of Alpharetta Human Resources Director Shannon Forrester when she confronted the councilman about documented threats and attempts at intimidation made to various city employees. City councilmen are prohibited from interacting directly with employees.

Additionally, based on information uncovered by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, it appeared that Kurey had broken both city and state laws by claiming more than $1200.00 in expenses that were not merited for a trip to St. Simons Island, where he played golf instead of attending Saturday classes.

Neighbors complained about the councilman in June, 2004 when they confronted him about using a chainsaw on a tree late at night. He verbally abused a police officer who arrived at the scene in response to calls from citizens. When the video tape of the abuse was released to the press under the Georgia Open Records Act, Kurey threatened the Police Department spokesman. The threat was overheard by City Administrator Bob Regus. Chief of Police Gary George ordered patrolmen to make extra passes in the area of the homes of threatened councilmen and at least one city employee in response to threats made by Kurey.

In an attempt to silence critics, Kurey sent certified letters to the other members of the city council, the mayor and leaders of the effort to remove the councilman from office. In the letters the councilman stated "any further comments that you or a family member makes to neighbors, press, public or anyone will be taken as a deliberate attempt on your part to cause harm, damage to my reputation and/or a willful attempt to injure" Kurey then stated that he would sue the individuals, "...which could put your home at risk." According to two lawyers contacted by Our Georgia History, Kurey, a public figure, would have no standing to sue.

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