Three weeks after the state ethics commission voted to ask for a special investigation of problems at the agency, no investigator has been appointed because none has officially been requested.
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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, based on court documents and interviews, have reported accusations that the executive secretary of the commission, Holly LaBerge, improperly intervened in a case involving Gov. Nathan Deal. On Sept. 30, the commission voted to ask Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to appoint an investigator to probe the agency. Today’s story reports that three weeks later, the commission still hasn’t formally requested the probe, causing some observers to say the slow pace of progress could cause the public to lose confidence in the commission.