Rep. Vernon Jones issues complaint against DeKalb ethics officer

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Rep. Vernon Jones issues complaint against DeKalb ethics officer

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Rep. Vernon Jones and other members of the DeKalb County delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives met Monday for a policy committee meeting. From left: Rep. Coach Williams, Jones, Rep. Pam Stephenson, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and Rep. Scott Holcomb. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

State Rep. Vernon Jones is pursuing an ethics complaint against DeKalb County Ethics Officer Stacey Kalberman, alleging Thursday she violated rules prohibiting political activity when she supported legislation changing how Board of Ethics members are appointed.

Jones, D-Lithonia, targeted Kalberman after she appeared at the Georgia Capitol on Monday as DeKalb legislators deadlocked on a bill that would allow them to confirm Board of Ethics members nominated by non-government organizations, such as the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and local colleges.

Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.

Jones opposes the measure, which is included in Senate Bill 273.

Kalberman didn’t speak at the meeting of DeKalb legislators, but she said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that some legislators are trying to prevent the board from hearing cases.

Kalberman said Thursday she hadn’t seen the complaint and declined to comment.

The DeKalb Board of Ethics voted 4-0 Thursday to create a policy to forward complaints against its members or employees to the DeKalb Solicitor-General’s Office for investigation.

Ethics Board Chairman Dan DeWoskin said he hadn’t received the complaint against Kalberman.

Channel 2's Richard Belcher says the legal challenge comes from a former elected official facing ethics charges.
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