DeKalb County has a new ethics board. Now the work begins.


After nearly three years of legal limbo and legislative wrangling, DeKalb County again has a functional ethics board.

And its plate is already plenty full.

When the new ethics board meets next week, the panel of seven tasked with considering complaints of wrongdoing against county officials and employees will begin sifting through a backlog of cases that started piling up even before a 2018 court ruling hamstrung its previous iteration.

There are 28 cases pending before the board, which has the power to issue censures, reprimands and fines.

And Jonathan Crane, a professor at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, said the renewed level of oversight will be vital to restoring and maintaining the public’s trust in their government.