Not among them: frequenting adults-only chat lines. While it appears those calls did not add any significant expense to the commission’s 0-a-month phone bills, the use of a government resource for personal benefit violates city policy, said Gottlieb Simon, director of the D. “Often I get on the line just to keep me awake or alert while I’m driving home from Baltimore.” He spent six hours on one call, made at a.m. While Johnson regularly exceeds the 400 prime-time minutes he is allotted per month, his usage has not incurred significant additional cost to the ANC because its other four lines are used lightly or not at all.
Yet one commissioner has used his government-paid cellphone to call such numbers at least 240 times since August 2011, according to phone records. Johnson, who represents a district in Columbia Heights, spent more than 158 hours — nearly a week — on the “D. Because the additional charges were nominal, the situation regarding possible sanctions is “nuanced,” Simon said.
“Still, it’s a public resource that’s not supposed to be diverted for personal use.” Johnson, who is up for reelection Tuesday, said he would have no problem if told to get his own personal phone.
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