Two years ago, Stacey Kalberman gave her replacement as director of the state ethics commission some advice: watch out.
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The state ethics commission
Kevin Abernethy, chair
A partner at law firm Hall Booth Smith, Abernethy was appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in 2010. Before his appointment, Abernethy was Cagle’s deputy legislative counsel and served as a legislative aide to Senate leaders. He also is a registered lobbyist. In the past he represented the Buckhead Coalition, Gwinnett Hospital System and New Jersey-based Summit Energy Partners.
He has contributed small sums to Republican candidates, including Cagle and Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University law school.
Hillary Stringfellow, vice chair
A lawyer for Brunswick firm Gilbert, Hall, Sumerford & Martin. Before serving on the ethics commission, Stringfellow served on the Judicial Nominating Commission. She was appointed by House Speaker David Ralston in 2010. She received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia.
A lawyer with Turner, Bachman & Garrett and a partner with Stevens and Schreifer, a political campaign strategy firm. Garrett is U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson’s former chief of staff. He has been a political strategist for Attorney General Sam Olens, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Georgia Republican Party. He graduated from the University of Georgia for both his undergraduate degree and his law degree.
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to the ethics commission in 2011.
A founding partner at Cornelia law firm Cathey & Strain, Cathey was appointed to the ethics commission in 2011 by Deal. He is a former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and served on the Judicial Nominating Commission and on the State Bar Association’s committee on state legislation.
He also received both his undergrad and law degrees at UGA.