Atlanta, Georgia , United States
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|Info||Bill Campbell (born 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina), is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. from 1994 to 2002. Campbell was the fifty-seventh mayor in the city's history and the third African American to hold the office. In 1960, a seven-year-old Bill Campbell was the first black student to attend an all-white school in Raleigh, NC. He is the younger brother of former North Carolina State Auditor Ralph Campbell. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. |
Heartily endorsed by his predecessor, Maynard Jackson, to take the reins in the 1993 election, Campbell subsequently fell into disfavor during his second term due to his affirmative action programs for the metropolitan area. Campbell was succeeded by Shirley Franklin. Following his tenure as mayor, he moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he worked as a practicing attorney.
In August 2004 he hired high profile lawyer Billy Martin (lawyer), because Campbell was indicted by a federal grand jury on racketeering, bribery and wire fraud charges after a five-year federal investigation into corruption during his years as Mayor of Atlanta. On March 10, 2006, a federal jury convicted him on three counts of tax evasion. On June 13, 2006, he was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story to 30 months in prison on charges of tax evasion and also ordered to serve a year on probation, pay a $6,000 fine, and pay more than $60,000 in back taxes. He reported to prison in Miami, FL on August 21, 2006 after having several attempts to remain out on appeal bond denied by the court.
In testimony during his trial, former WSB-TV news anchor Marion Brooks admitted to having a lengthy affair with then-Atlanta mayor.