Reprimands

Reprimand of Robert Lundsten

The DeKalb Board of Ethics conducted an investigation in the matter of Thomas Owens against Robert Lundsten filed with the Board of Ethics on February 10, 2016.  Upon consideration of the evidence, the Board of Ethics and Mr. Lundsten have agreed to settle this matter without a public hearing.  As part of the settlement, Mr. Lundsten admits the following facts:

Personal use of the P-card on three separate occasions which were for personal and not county business and which charges amounted to $310.95 and have been refunded to the County.

In light of the admission by Mr. Lundsten to the following violations,  improper use of a County issued Purchasing Card in violation of §22A(c)(7) of the Ethics Code (Engaging in an activity prohibited by law), the Board of Ethics is issuing this public reprimand pursuant to 22A (k)(B) of the Ethics Code.

It is vital to the proper functioning of DeKalb County government that citizens have confidence in the integrity of their officials and employees and to attain this trust it is essential that the employees and officers not use their position for private gain.

As a DeKalb County employee, Mr. Lundsten did not uphold the ethical standards as required by the DeKalb Code and breached the trust of DeKalb citizens who rely on their government officials and employees.  It is therefore necessary to reprimand Mr. Lundsten for his actions and violations of the DeKalb Ethics Code.

Reprimand of Judy Brownlee

On May 25, 2016, the DeKalb Board of Ethics conducted a final hearing on the matter of Viola Davis and Joel Edwards against Judy Brownlee.  Upon conclusion of the evidence, the Board voted unanimously to find the following violations of the Ethics Code by Ms. Brownlee:

  1. Failure to properly preserve government records in violation of the Georgia Records Act O.C.G.A. § 50-18-90 et seq. and §22A(c)(7) of the Ethics Code (Engaging in an activity prohibited by law). Specifically, failure to maintain purchase card receipts.
  2. Theft by taking, theft by deception, false certification by employee, making a false statement in violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-8-2, 16-8-3, 16-10-9 and 16-10-20 and §22A(c)(7) of the Ethics Code (Engaging in an activity prohibited by law).   Specifically, purchase of gift cards with County funds for personal use.
  3. Use of public resources on behalf of political campaigns in violation of O.C.G.A. § 21-5-30.2 and §22A(c)(7) of the Ethics Code (Engaging in an activity prohibited by law). Specifically, use of County time to attend a political event.

In light of the evidence presented and the violations found, the Board of Ethics is issuing this public reprimand pursuant to 22A (k)(B) of the Ethics Code.

It is vital to the proper functioning of DeKalb County government that citizens have confidence in the integrity of their officials and employees and to attain this trust it is essential that the employees and officers not use their position for private gain.

As a DeKalb County employee, Ms. Brownlee did not uphold the ethical standards as required by the DeKalb Code and breached the trust of DeKalb citizens who rely on their government officials and employees to not use their positions for self-dealing.  It is therefore necessary to reprimand Ms. Brownlee for her actions and violations of the DeKalb Ethics Code.