Former state ethics official Rick Thompson says Georgia doesn’t need all the auditors and investigators it once had because auditing of politicians’ financial disclosures is now automated. This would seem to refute some of my recent findings about weak ethics enforcement in Georgia.
Except, of course, that it’s not true.
Georgia’s Code of Ethics does not apply to members of local school boards, the Supreme Court of Georgia said today in a unanimous decision. The high court ruled that former Gov. Sonny Perdue had no authority in August 2010 to remove three members of the Warren County Board of Education for alleged misconduct.
Big overhaul coming at state ethics agency Ex-DeKalb cop admits concealing auto theft Employee of ex-Clayton Co. sheriff subpoenaed Chamber president: ‘We should have kicked the door down’ at APS 13 principals named in cheating scandal leave APS Toll lanes: Do they only benefit wealthy drivers? Grant for Athens air service may be cut
Mayor vows probe of alleged APD data destruction DeKalb jail posts man’s photo wrongly for years ATL may have to write off $10M in tickets Fulton County fires chief jailer Bubber Epps’ website may pose state ethics violation
Robert Proctor was a state ethics commissioner so briefly that he never got to attend a meeting. Even though he’s gone, commissioners were told today, he should not be forgotten. Proctor resigned for “health reasons” last week after insisting he had never been properly notified of an old ethics fine and therefore did not intend to pay it. In doing so, Proctor is “essentially giving this commission and the citizens of this state the rigid digit,” said Frank Moore, an attorney who has sparred with him in court.
Sharon Barnes Sutton’s paycheck was garnisheed in 2008 after she missed payments on her Lexus. Gwinnett County issued four arrest warrants for her over $1,000 in bounced checks in 2007. And she lost her $162,000 Stone Mountain home a few months ago when she couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. Still, Sutton reported spending $69,000 of her own money to run for the DeKalb County Commission, campaign records show. All this on a $43,000 schoolteacher’s salary.
Feds weighing unprecedented fishing closure Ethics debate splits State Ethics Board Billing woes prompt new rules for Gwinnett court reporters Councilman questions mayor’s neutrality on Marietta parks bond vote Effingham health director, two others placed on leave
Legislature slashed watchdog agency State ethics panel OKs sanctions in Richmond County sex scandal Carroll County group plans to file recall paperwork