Perdue’s COO settles ethics complaint over disclosures
Jim Lientz, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief operating officer, has apparently settled a 4-year-old ethics complaint alleging he had failed to fully disclose his personal financial interests.
Details have not been released, but a consent order with Lientz is on the agenda for the State Ethics Commission’s meeting tomorrow afternoon. Consent orders, as opposed to compliance orders, typically involve payment of a fine.
Lientz, a former banker and executive of an insurance brokerage, became the state’s first chief operating officer in 2003. He resigned in June when he joined the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of former state Sen. Eric Johnson.
The ethics complaint, filed by the Georgia Democratic Party, alleged Lientz had left many of his financial holdings out of the annual disclosures he filed with the ethics commission. He amended several of his older disclosures in August 2007 to include required details about his stock and real estate holdings and positions on the boards of The Commerce Club and the Georgia Tech Foundation.