“The current ethics board for the county is not hearing all the complaints or answering questions in a timely manner,” said Stovall, who added that an oversight body is also needed for the school board.
But Clayton Ethics Board Chairman said Stovall’s assessment of the organization is way off. He said his office is underused by the public and that he encourages residents to file claims.
“I’m always open to discuss,” said Nix, adding that the community rumbles often about issues but few take the next step and file specific allegations.
The discussion comes as Clayton residents grapple with a latest dispute between the Clayton Commission and the county's Development Authority over millions in taxpayer funding. Commissioner Michael Edmondson's behavior has been called into question because he refused to recuse himself from several votes this year The votes were tied to authority funding.
Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said he’s happy to have a discussion on improving ethics in the county, but is not convinced there is a need for a task force.
“I’m not saying I’m opposed to what she’s proposing, but without her sharing her thoughts with me, I have nothing to guide me in terms of whether I would supportive of this or not,” he said.
Stoval said she plans to introduce legislation during next year’s General Assembly to form the ethics board to oversee the school board for Clayton’s School System.
“It’s not like no one knew there was a problem with ethics” in Clayton County, she said. “That’s why I’m taking the initiative.”