By law, the new board must be formed by Dec. 31.
Applications can be found here.
All applicants must live in DeKalb County. Officials said that “attention will be paid to racial, geographic, gender and professional diversity among the candidates.”
More information about requirements and duties for potential ethics board members can be found here.
DeKalb County’s ethics board has been largely neutered since 2018, when a Georgia Supreme Court ruling found that using private, non-elected entities to appoint some of the panel’s members was unconstitutional. The new rules rectify that situation while also making other changes to ethics oversight in the county.
A newly created “ethics administrator” will be responsible for collecting and documenting all complaints before passing them along to the ethics board. The board would then decide if complaints merit a full-fledged investigation and, if so, hand them over to the ethics officer.
The new legislation also prohibits employees of DeKalb County’s purchasing and contracting department from accepting “any gift of value from anyone who has had or may reasonably be anticipated to have any business with or before such department.”