Cobb commissioner looks to term limit ethics board

Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott proposed setting term limits for the county’s ethics board this week as part of a biannual review of the county’s code.

The proposal is not about questioning the board’s work, but refreshing the membership, Ott said.

The ethics board consists of seven members, including one member appointed by the board of commissioners and others representing various civic and employee groups. Term of office is four years, but members can be reappointed for an unlimited number of terms. One member has served on the board since 1995.

The board meets twice a year to address alleged ethics violations committed by the board of commissioners or by any member of a board appointed by the commissioners.

In his seven years of representing the board no complaints have been filed, said attorney Lynn Rainey.

A public hearing on the term limit proposal and other county code amendments is scheduled for July 27.