Jimmy Granbery responded to The Tennessee Star’s inquiry about the ethics complaint on Wednesday afternoon.
“The complaint had no merit and was dismissed today 5-0 this morning,” Granbery said in an email.
This morning at 10:30 am, the Board of Ethical Conduct of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County will review an ethics complaint filed against Jimmy Granbery over allegations of conflict of interest in his role as Vice Chair for Development of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, and his role as owner of property within the 19 proposed Transit Oriented Development Districts of the Transit Plan that voters rejected on May 1, and his financial support for that plan.
The complaint, Anne Barnett v. Jimmy Granbery, was received by the Board of Ethical Conduct on April 25, and alleges the following:
Mr. Granberry is the Vice Chair for Development of MDHA, which is the exclusive master developer of the 19 proposed Transit Oriented Development Districts of the Transit Plan. Mr. Granbery has abused his position entrusted to him for his and his company’s own profit by failing to disclose his financial interest and ownership of properties in and around the locations of the proposed Transit Route Map and Transit Center locations. Mr. Granbery has been an outspoken supporter of the Transit Plan, and H.G. Realty Company has contributed money in the amount of $75,000 in support of the Transit Plan with the intention of encouraging passage, while simultaneously holding property in the same locations as the Transit Oriented Development Districts.
You can read the full complaint here:
Sources tell The Tennessee Star that Metro Nashville’s Legal Department will present a finding at today’s hearing absolving Granbery of the conflict of interest charges.
The Star has asked Ms. Barnett and her attorney for comment, but has not received a response.
It is not clear how the Board of Ethical Conduct will rule on the complaint.