DeKalb voters have on the Nov. 3 ballot a chance to change the way Board of Ethics work.
DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon said in an email that residents have “an opportunity to approve sweeping improvements to the ethics laws affecting county officials and employees as first advocated by Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb and supported by the County Operations Task Force.”
To implement the law, voters in DeKalb County must approve the changes by voter referendum.
“You helped get this law passed by the General Assembly,” Gannon wrote. “Now all of DeKalb County needs to go to the polls to continue the march toward reforming DeKalb.”
Ballot Question: “( ) YES ( ) NO
Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?”
Gannon said she encourages voters to vote YES.
The new legislation will:
· Create an independent Board of Ethics. No longer will the Board of Ethics be appointed by the CEO and Board of Commissioners.
· In addition to elected officials, all County employees, appointed officials and contractors must comply with the ethics standards.
· The Ethics Board will hire an Ethics Officer to make certain all County officials and employees are aware of the standards. This ethics officer will monitor a hotline and report alleged ethical violations to the Board of Ethics.
· The Board of Ethics has the power to fine, refer for prosecution and reprimand.