DeKalb County ethics enforcer confirmed

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve hiring Stacey Kalberman as the county's first full-time ethics officer, a position designed to hold government accountable.

Kalberman, the former head of the Georgia ethics commission, will be responsible for ethics enforcement and training in DeKalb. She’ll field complaints about government misbehavior and report them to the DeKalb Board of Ethics.

The ethics officer is a new position included as part of DeKalb's ethics overhaul that 92 percent of voters approved in November. Many ethics cases have been pending with the Board of Ethics until the chief ethics officer was hired.

Kalberman won a lawsuit two years ago alleging Gov. Nathan Deal forced her from her job as retribution for investigating his 2010 campaign. She's a longtime DeKalb resident and attorney.

The DeKalb Board of Ethics unanimously appointed Kalberman last month, and the DeKalb Commission voted 6-0 with one abstention Tuesday to confirm her.