Who is the Ethics Board
The DeKalb Ethics Board was established in its current form following the passage of HR 1243 in June of 2020. In 2015 with the passage of HR 597, the first Ethics Office was established and a full time Ethics Officer was hired. By law, the Ethics Board is completely independent of the DeKalb CEO, Commissioners and any officers or employees of DeKalb County government.
- To provide Advisory Opinions to all officials and employees who seek advice on ethical issues
- To receive and hear complaints regarding ethical violations of employees and officials in DeKalb
- To investigate matters brought by third parties or the Ethics Officer regarding potential violations of the Ethics Code
- To establish Rules regarding its matters within its jurisdiction and provide forms for disclosure
Who is the Ethics Officer?
The Board appoints an Ethics Officer who must be an attorney with no involvement in DeKalb County politics. The Ethics Officer can serve up to 6 years.
The Ethics Officer is charged with:
- Educating and training all County officials and employees on awareness with ethical issues and compliance with the Ethics Code
- Investigating and bringing compliance actions to the Board either by third party complaint or the Ethics Officer’s own investigation
- Administering a hotline for receipt of anonymous complaints and acting upon such complaints
- Reporting annually on the activities of the Ethics Office and the state of DeKalb Ethics