The existing appointments delegated to DeKalb’s chief superior and probate court judges would be preserved, but the community organizations that were previously granted appointment powers would only be able to submit non-binding nominations or recommendations to the county’s chief ethics officer.
All of that reflects a growing sentiment that legislators should focus on the easy fix — changing who makes appointments — to get the ethics board back up-and-running as quickly as possible.
“We call on the DeKalb delegation to simply change the appointment process and make no other substantive changes,” Cochran-Johnson said in a news release. “This is an easy fix that can be accomplished within a few days of the upcoming session.”
State Rep. Matthew Wilson, D-Brookhaven, has already announced plans to file a bill that would do much of what the commissioners are proposing when the legislative session begins next month. But his proposal would involve appointments by the mayors and city council members of DeKalb's 12 cities.
Since the ballot referendum failed in November, groups like the DeKalb Citizens Advocacy Council have also pushed for a fix to the ethics board that only changes the appointment process.
“Any other issues can be addressed separately in a separate reform bill,” Mary Hinkel, chair of the group, told the county commission during its Tuesday meeting.
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