DeKalb County Board of Ethics Chairman John Ernst resigned Friday, saying he wants to pursue other public service opportunities.
Ernst, who has served on the Board of Ethics since June 2013, stepped down a day after the board reprimanded Commissioner Stan Watson for voting to award a county contract to his employer.
“When I joined the board over two years ago, we had a budget of $16,000, lacked full membership, were in a suspended state and had a number of old and languishing complaints,” Ernst wrote in his resignation letter. “Today, I’m proud to say that we have dealt with dozens of complaints and have a more robust budget for counsel and investigators to root out unethical behavior.”
Clara Black DeLay, the board’s vice chairwoman, will replace Ernst as its chairwoman.
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