The Board of Ethics has jurisdiction to consider matters as outlined in the DeKalb County Code of Ethics (Section 22A of HB597). These Include:
- Conflicts of Interest
- Abuses of public office
- Inappropriate gifts and gratuities
- Misuse of County property
- Accounting and audit irregularities
How to File an Ethics Complaint?
Ethics complaints may be filed using any of the resources below:
File a Written Complaint Form
To file a written complaint, download the DeKalb County Ethics Complaint Form and send it to the Ethics Office by mail, fax, email, or in person to:
DeKalb County Board of Ethics
Clerk of the Governing Authority
Manuel J. Maloof Center
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Call the EthicsPoint Hotline: 1-855-224-8216
The hotline is intended primarily for use by county employees who would like to file an anonymous complaint. DeKalb citizens are strongly encouraged to file a written complaint.
After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a “report key.” Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.
To be considered, any written complaint should contain the following information:
- The name and address of the person filing the complaint;
- The name and address of the party against whom the complaint is filed;
- A clear and concise statement of facts on which the complaint is based, including dates, times, places, and actions;
- A general reference to the provisions of the Code of Ethics that apply;
- Any further information that might support the allegations, including the names, phone numbers, and addresses of other persons with knowledge of the facts and any documents that support the allegations; and
- The sworn verification and signature of the person filing the complaint.
The complaint must be addressed to the Chair of the Board of Ethics, and may be filed with the Clerk of the Governing Authority, Manuel Maloof Center, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030. The clerk will forward a copy of the complaint to the Chair of the Board of Ethics, who shall in turn forward copies to each of the Board members.
A written complaint must be received by the clerk of the governing authority at least seven (7) days prior to a meeting of the Board of Ethics to be placed on the agenda for that meeting. If received within one week of a scheduled meeting, the complaint will be addressed at that meeting. If the complaint is received in the interim between quarterly meetings, the chair may schedule a called meeting at a time convenient for all parties to the complaint to address the matter.
The ethics officer may also receive anonymous complaints that are made in good faith and with sufficient specificity to provide salient and investigable facts. Any complaint should identify the following:
- The person who is alleged to have committed the violation,
- The facts on which the complaint is based,
- The provisions of the ethics code that have been violated, and
- Any evidence that may support the allegations.
Confidentiality and Public Disclosure
Each complaint shall be deemed a separate pending investigation at the time it is reported. The board’s records in any pending investigation are exempt from disclosure under the Georgia Open Records Act. Complaints shall be made publicly available on request ten days after the ethics officer closes the case as not sustained or sends the probable cause report to the board.
EthicsPoint is NOT a 911 or Emergency Service:
Do not use this service to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities.
DeKalb County Board of Ethics Complaint Summaries
March 19, 2003.
Mr. Larry Jackson filed a complaint against Dr. Linda L. Hubert alleging violation of section 22A(g)(i)(1)of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. After determining that that provision did not apply to Dr. Hubert, the Board dismissed the complaint. March 19, 2003.
October 14, 2003.
Mr. George Anderson filed a complaint against CEO Vernon Jones alleging violation of section 22A (c)(7) of the DeKalb County Code of Ethics among other alleged ethics violations. The Board dismissed the compliant for lack of jurisdiction. October 14, 2003.
On June 3, 2004
Two complaints were filed against Commissioner Lou Walker. Complainants were Mr. Mike Kovachic and a group including South River Watershed Alliance, South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition, DeKalb County Civic Coalition and Dunwoody Homeowners Association. Both complaints alleged violation of section 22A(c)(1), (c)(4), (c)(6), 22A(d), and 22A(e) of the DeKalb County Code of Ethics. The Board found unanimously (7-0) that Commissioner Walker had not violated section 22A(c)(1), (c)(4), (c)(6), or 22A(e), but that he did violate section 22A(d) in failing to disclose his business relationship with the City of Atlanta prior to a Commission vote on the related matter. Upon further open deliberation, the Board unanimously determined that the appropriate punishment in this particular circumstance would be a public reprimand. June 3, 2004
On March 15, 2004
Ms. Viola Davis, and Ms. Josie Dean filed a complaint against Commissioner Lou Walker alleging violations of the Ethics Code. Their complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence, and lack of jurisdiction. March 15, 2004
May 11, 2004
A complaint was filed against Planning Commission Member Donald Broussard by Mr. Charles Buckley and Ms. Fred Milani, alleging violations of section 22A(c)(4) and section 22A(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the DeKalb County Ethics Code. The complaint was dismissed by a 7-0 vote. May 11, 2004
Common Cause, a community activist group, filed a complaint against the DeKalb County Ethics Board, stating that complaints filed with the Board are not being adequately investigated. Complainants allege further accused the Board of violating Sunshine Laws, by not keeping minutes of the Board’s meetings as required. Finally, Common Cause accused the Board of not responding to repeated open record requests and of “being on the other side and not on the side of concerned citizens.” May 11, 2005. – No further mention.