The big stories out of DeKalb on election day were the approval of the creation of Tucker and disapproval of LaVista Hills, although that may remain in doubt as the Secretary of State is looking into “irregularities” regarding the vote. Lost among the cityhood news was the 92% approval by voters of reforming the Board of Ethics. As the corruption cases piled up in DeKalb County, voters were able to do something, approving changes to the Board of Ethics in a bid to clean up county governance.
The new bill, House Bill 597, changes the way Ethics Board members are appointed and the powers the board has. Previously, Ethics Board members were appoined by county commissioners and the CEO, going forward the members will be selected by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership DeKalb, the DeKalb Delegation of the Georgia Legislature, the Chief Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court, the DeKalb Probate Court, the DeKalb Bar Association and also by the six major universities and colleges within DeKalb – Agnes Scott, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia State University, Mercer University and Oglethorpe University.
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