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DHA STATES: VOTE “NO” ON REVISED ETHICS ACT

In 2015, an independent Board of Ethics was approved by 92% of voters: a profound show of unity across DeKalb County.  DeKalb citizens want an independent ethics officer that can receive confidential complaints, provide education, guidance and when necessary, correction to our county staff. In 2017, a subject of ethics investigations filed suit to void this decision by the voters.  As described by the AJC, “[Sharon Barnes] Sutton filed her suit after the Ethics Board began investigating her on accusations she misspent public funds.”  A judge claimed the ethics board structure approved by the voters was unconstitutional.   Today the voters are being asked the seemingly-innocuous question, "Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?" DHA encourages voters to vote “NO” on this question. 
It is deceptively simple and hides critical consequences: Weaken the ethics officer to a mere administrator, rather than a legal professional.   Prevent the admin…