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EXCLUSIVE: Police chief and others reject bonus from former Atlanta mayor

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The CBS46 Bulldog learned exclusively that a small handful of high-level Atlanta City Hall officials either never cashed their controversial bonus checks, or returned them this week.

It's the latest twist in the scandal sweeping Atlanta City Hall, involving more than $500,000 in bonuses that were paid out by former Mayor Kasim Reed in the last days of his administration.

(MORE: Growing outrage after big bonuses from former Atlanta mayor revealed)

Senior policy advisor Jalal Slade, Director of Innovation and Performance Matthew Bartleet, and Police Chief Erika Shields -- along with another employee -- are who the city tells us either didn't cash the check or returned it.

Each received $10,000 in that bonus giveaway.

More than 30 others staffers took the money and ran.

The Bulldog obtained a letter the police chief sent her commanders this week, detailing when and why she returned the money.


"...You may have read that bonuses were provided to Mayor Reed's Cabinet at the end of the year, and while a generous gesture, it did not feel good to receive. I firmly believe that any monetary accolades that I am afforded should only occur once the department has been taken care of, which means there are roughly 2,000 people before me... I wrote a check back to the city for $10,000 yesterday morning and dropped it at City Hall. I'm making you aware of this because we have much work ahead of us, and the people grinding it out every day need to know that you and I have not forgotten how difficult it is to police. Thank you, hang in there."

(Erika Shields, Chief of Police)

Meanwhile, a city attorney is investigating, and outside legal help could be brought in to determine if everything was legal.

Former Mayor Reed released another statement, blasting the city council and others who have called the legality of the bonuses into question. Reed adds he consulted the city's law department before handing out the bonuses.

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