Commissioners also elected Hillary Stringfellow, a Brunswick attorney, as the new chairwoman of the commission, succeeding Kevin Abernethy, whose term ended June 30.
The work on outstanding cases and regulations marks a turnaround for the agency, formally known as the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
Four former employees have settled claims against the agency that they were unfairly forced from their jobs. Those settlements cost taxpayers nearly $3 million.
The agency and LaBerge, however, still face challenges.
A former commission director, Stacey Kalberman, has asked a Fulton County judge to sanction the commission, LaBerge and Attorney General Sam Olens' office, saying they improperly withheld evidence in Kalberman's lawsuit, one of the four already settled.
LaBerge's private attorney, Lee Parks, has blamed Olens' office for failing to turn over documents that showed top aides to Gov. Nathan Deal texted and called LaBerge in 2012, a week before the commission was to consider complaints against the governor's 2010 campaign. Deal was later cleared of major charges.
Olens’ staff, meanwhile, has said LaBerge is at fault.
Also, investigations by the State Auditor’s Office and the state Inspector General are ongoing. The commission last year requested the auditor’s inquest, but commissioners on Tuesday expressed concern that it has not been completed.
“It’s just my personal opinion that I would like to see this occur sooner rather than later, given the events of the last six months,” said Commissioner Lawton Jordan, who was elected vice chairman Tuesday. “I’m disappointed we haven’t received this.”
After the meeting, LaBerge said she has no idea when the state probe will end and has little dialogue with the auditors.
“They will not communicate with me,” she said.
LaBerge said auditors have made unannounced visits to the commission’s offices, taking employees for hours of questioning or demanding lobbyist records without notice. Because they do not tell her, LaBerge said she does not know the last time auditors were in her office.
State Auditor Greg Griffin, in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said the Department of Audits and Accounts “is nearing the completion of its performance audit of the commission.”
Griffin said his office has “had ongoing contact with (LaBerge) and her representatives as recently as Aug. 8,” Griffin said. “Every effort is being made to be as thorough as possible in our review and to provide recommendation for improvement going forward.”