DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May has signed an executive order that clarifies ethics rules for all Administration employees and announced that he plans to create a full-time watchdog position that will report to
the DeKalb County Board of Ethics.
The measures come as four DeKalb County commissioners face ethics investigations over the use of their county charge cards known as “P cards.” Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Larry Johnson, Sharon Barnes Sutton and Stan Watson all are under investigation. In addition, news sources say Watson has been named in a corruption case in South Carolina involving a kickback scheme. Watson, however, maintains his innocence. He has not been indicted in the case.
Meanwhile, May is pushing to hire a Chief Integrity Officer and two other positions to support the position.
“This will be our full-time Ethics Watchdog, but he or she won’t report to me. He or she won’t report to the BOC (Board of Commissioners). Our Ethics Watchdog will report directly to the Board of Ethics who are standing with me today,” said Interim CEO May.
The Chief Integrity Officer will be responsible for training all county employees, fielding tips about unethical behavior and monitoring an ethics hotline. The Chief Integrity Officer will have the unilateral power and responsibility to bring all ethics concerns directly to the attention to the Ethics Board, without having to wait for a citizen complaint.
“I firmly believe in due process, and allowing the