Thomas objected to the four board members appointed by private organizations: the DeKalb Bar Association, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Leadership DeKalb and a consortium of universities and colleges.
The ethics overhaul also resulted in the county hiring its first full-time ethics officer, Stacey Kalberman, who will be responsible for investigating misbehavior and training government employees.
An attorney for the Board of Ethics, Gene Chapman, said Sutton’s lawsuit is an attempt to delay the ethics case against her, which has been pending for nearly two years.
“Petitioner implies the board is exceeding its jurisdiction, but offers only allegations which are not true and have no basis in fact or law,” Chapman wrote in a Jan. 29 motion. “Rather than following petitioner down this trail, the court should dismiss the claim as moot.”
Sutton faces ethics complaints alleging that she misspent government money, approved using county employees for political fundraising and expended taxpayer funds on her personal attorney.
Sutton has said all of her spending was appropriate and related to legitimate government purposes.