The group said it will closely monitor how the state lawmakers make their appointments to the board, pushing for a “publicly transparent process.”
DeKalb's ethics board has been unable to take formal action since 2018, when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the use of private organizations to appoint some members of the seven-person board is unconstitutional. The new bill addresses that issue by placing three appointments each in the hands of DeKalb's state House and Senate delegations. The seventh appointment is decided by the county tax commissioner.
DeKalb’s Clerk of Superior Court would also appoint two alternate ethics board members, who would serve in the case of vacancies or conflicts of interest.
The bill would also create a new “ethics administrator” position. That person would be responsible for collecting and documenting all complaints before passing them along to the ethics board. The board would then decide if complaints merited a full-fledged investigation. If so, such complaints would be handed over to the ethics officer.
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