Former DeKalb employee reprimanded for spending

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics voted Thursday to reprimand Bob Lundsten, who was an aide to former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer. From left are Board of Ethics members Robert Tatum, Shermanetta Carter, Daniel DeWoskin and Greg Russell. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM
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The DeKalb County Board of Ethics voted Thursday to reprimand Bob Lundsten, who was an aide to former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer. From left are Board of Ethics members Robert Tatum, Shermanetta Carter, Daniel DeWoskin and Greg Russell. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

The DeKalb Board of Ethics is publicly reprimanding Bob Lundsten, a former county employee who previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that he used his government charge card to buy personal items.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve the reprimand, which Lundsten agreed to as a settlement of the ethics case against him.

Lundsten was chief of staff for former Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who last month completed a one-year prison sentence for taking kickbacks and misusing her government charge card, defrauding taxpayers of more than $100,000.

“It is vital to the proper functioning of DeKalb County government that citizens have confidence in the integrity of their officials and employees, and to attain this trust it is essential that the employees and officers not use their position for private gain,” according to the reprimand. “As a DeKalb County employee, Mr. Lundsten did not uphold the ethical standards as required by the DeKalb Code and breached the trust of DeKalb citizens.”

The DeKalb Board of Ethics didn't levy a fine against Lundsten.

Lundsten pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor obstruction in Superior Court last November to misspending about $310 at Kroger and the UPS Store. He was sentenced to serve a year on probation, repay the county and perform 250 hours of community service.

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