File a Complaint

Jurisdiction

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

Fax:  404-371-7083
Email: skalberman@dekalbcountyga.gov

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.

Written Complaints

To be considered, any written complaint should contain the following information:

  1. The name and address of the person filing the complaint;
  2. The name and address of the party against whom the complaint is filed;
  3. A clear and concise statement of facts on which the complaint is based, including dates, times, places, and actions;
  4. A general reference to the provisions of the Code of Ethics that apply;
  5. 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
  6. 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.

Anonymous Complaints

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:

  1. The person who is alleged to have committed the violation,
  2. The facts on which the complaint is based,
  3. The provisions of the ethics code that have been violated, and
  4. 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.