DeKalb Ethics Board reboots during appeal

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DeKalb Ethics Board reboots during appeal

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DeKalb Board of Ethics member Shermanetta Carter (left) and Ethics Officer Stacey Kalberman (right) talk before the DeKalb Board of Ethics meeting Tuesday. (Rebecca Breyer)

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics is back in business, three months after a judge ruled that most of its members were unconstitutionally appointed.

Members of the board, who resumed holding public meetings Tuesday, say they should continue ethics oversight of government officials and contractors while the court case is being appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. 

The board’s attorney said during the meeting that Georgia law allows the board to operate as normal during the appeal.

But several residents said the DeKalb Board of Ethics should comply with the judge’s decision and hold off on taking further action. 

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson ruled April 28 that non-governmental appointments to the board were invalid. Four of the board’s seven members were appointed by private groups, such as local colleges and the DeKalb Bar Association.

The board didn’t consider any allegations against public officials during its meeting Tuesday. The board voted to approve minutes from its last meeting in April and met in closed-door executive discussion to discuss the ongoing litigation.

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The head of the DeKalb ethics board said the public deserves to have a functioning ethics board that investigates cases without long delays.

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