The state ethics commission on Tuesday changed course and asked the state auditor to conduct an internal investigation of the agency.
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Staff writer Bill Rankin contributed to this article.
As part of our work to hold government officials accountable to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has closely followed activities at the state ethics commission. Recent stories have reported accusations that the executive secretary of the commission improperly intervened in a case involving Gov. Nathan Deal. On Sept. 30, the commission voted to seek an independent probe of the agency. Our Tuesday story reported how the commission still hadn’t formally requested the probe, causing some observers to say that the slow pace of progress could cause the public to lose confidence in the agency. Today, we look at the commission’s formal request in which the probe will not be conducted by an investigator appointed by the attorney general as originally expected.