2017 – Current

2017-1  Vernon Jones vs Stacey Kalberman

2017-4  Rhea Johnson vs Stacey Kalberman & Dan DeWoskin

2017-5  Amos King vs Stacey Kalberman & 7 Members of the Board of Ethics

2017-12  Rhea Johnson vs Stacey Kalberman & Members of the Board of Ethics

The above complainants 2017-1, 4 and 5 alleged that Ethics Officer, Stacey Kalberman, violated the Ethics Code prohibition on engaging in political activities by lobbying in support of ethics legislation in the 2017 General Assembly.  On June 29, 2017, specially appointed Hearing Officer, Justice Leah Ward Sears, found no probable cause to believe that the Respondents in the above matters violated the Ethics Code by engaging in “political activities” as none of the four complaints identify an ethical prohibition in either state or local which bars the activity in which they contend the Ethics Officer engaged.  Justice Sears also found no probable cause to move forward on 2017-12 which alleged that the Ethics Board committed an ethical violation by falsely appealing a court order striking down the appointment process for certain Board members.

2017-2  Rhea Johnson vs Matelski, Puckett and Bowen

Rhea Johnson filed a complaint against John Matelski, Barry Puckett and Brad Bowen alleging a violation of the Ethics Code for their job related functions pertaining to ilegilslate.  ilegislate allows elected officials and staff to electronically review meeting agendas, supporting documents and archived video.  On April 20, 2017, the Board of Ethics voted (4-0) to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction.

2017-3  Rhea Johnson vs Burrell Ellis Jr. — Refile

Rhea Johnson refiled a previously dismissed complaint alleging a violation of 22A.(c)(1) and (2).  The Ethics Board on April 17, 2017 dismissed the complaint a second time based on jurisdictional grounds.

2017-6  Calvin Thompson vs Unknown Police Officer 

Calvin Thompson alleged that a police officer harassed a motorist.  On February 15, 2018, the Ethics Board dismissed the complaint for faulure to state a violation under the Ethics Code.

2017-7  Rhea Johnson vs Kelly Cato 

Rhea Johnson alleged misappropriation of funds by District 2 when personnel allegedly used District 7 funds to pay for District 2 expenses.  The Ethics Board dismissed the complaint on August 17, 2017, for failure to state an ethics violation.

2017-8  Rhea Johnson vs Kathie Gannon 

Rhea Johnson alleged misappropriation of funds by District 2 when personnel allegedly used District 7 funds to pay for District 2 expenses.  The Ethics Board dismissed the complaint on August 17, 2017, for failure to state an ethics violation.

2017-9  Bryan Scott Duval vs Officer Parker 

Bryan Scott Duval alleged a failure to investigate a hit and run accident on December 17, 2016.  On February 15, 2018, the Board of Ethics dismissed the complaint due to lack of a stated violation of the Ethics Code.

2017-13  Rhea Johnson vs Monica Miles 

Rhea Johnson alleged that Monica Miles failed to post meeting agendas for the Audit Oversight Committee and allowed Commission members to use personal email to conduct county business.  On February 15, 2018, the Board of Ethics dismissed the complaint for lack of jurisdiction.

2017-20  Stacey Kalberman vs Terrell Davis

Ethics Officer, Stacey Kalberman, brought a complaint against Terrell Davis, a DeKalb County police officer,

2017-21  Viola Davis vs Talisa Clark, Michelle Butler, Cathryn Horner & Christa Malone

Viola Davis alleged that above Respondents repeatedly failed to comply with the Open Records Act by failing to properly respond to various open records requests.  On February 15, 2018, the Board of Ethics dismissed the complaint based on jurisdictional grounds.

2017-22  Viola Davis vs Benita Ransom and Janet Essix

Viola Davis alleged that above Respondents repeatedly failed to comply with the Open Records Act by failing to properly respond to various open records requests.  On February 15, 2018, the Board of Ethics dismissed the complaint based on jurisdictional grounds.

2017-23  Viola Davis & Joel Edwards vs CEO, BOC, PW, DWM, Finance and Talisa Clark

Viola Davis and Joel Edwards alleged that above Respondents repeatedly failed to comply with the Open Records Act by failing to properly respond to various open records requests.  On February 15, 2018, the Board of Ethics dismissed the complaint based on jurisdictional grounds.

2017-24  Robert Buckler vs Rader, Gannon, O.V. Brantley & John Jones

Robert Buckler alleged multiple conflicts of interest and improper conduct by Commissioner Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon.  Case is Currently pending.