Clayton Commission to scrutinize recent county ethics board rebuke

Clayton Commission to investigate handling of ethics charges that led to July reprimand by Ethics Board.
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Clayton Commission to investigate handling of ethics charges that led to July reprimand by Ethics Board.

Credit: LEON STAFFORD/AJC

Credit: LEON STAFFORD/AJC

The Clayton County Commission will hire an outside attorney to investigate the handling of a recent ethics reprimand of some of its members.

The Clayton Ethics Board in July ruled that Commissioners Gail Hambrick and Sonna Singleton Gregory and former Commissioner Michael Edmondson erred when they pushed through a Dec. 18 vote for a member of the Clayton Development Authority board.

The vote on the appointment should not have taken place because the question was put on the agenda after the deadline for adding agenda items, the ethics board said.

But a resolution introduced by Gregory on Tuesday argued that the ethics board failed to hold a public meeting on the matter and should have given the accused commissioners an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges.  

An attorney to investigate the ethics board’s handling of the matter will be hired by sometime next week, Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said.