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May 15, 2013

City ethics board makes another change



Holmes is the Vice President and Dean of Academics at Georgia Military College. The mayor's ethics board choice is also a retired Navy officer.

“I can't think of anyone more suited to a Board of Ethics than a retired Naval officer and someone who is employed by GMC,” Bentley said.

Moore is a retired attorney with extensive legal experience Bentley sees as essential during this ethics investigation.

“My concern and goal all along was to have someone with some legal experience because this is an evidentiary hearing. I felt like they could draw on that person's experience,” the mayor said.

Hicks, the mayor and Council have all received official copies of the complaint. Jordan said Holmes and Moore would have the proper documentation soon.

“Tomorrow, we will deliver copies of the complaint and the affidavit. The ordinance requires them to sign an affidavit to make sure they meet all requirements to serve on the board. Assuming they get those signed, we'll talk in terms of an organizational meeting,” the city attorney said. 

Since the ethics panel lacks established hearing procedure to this point, protocol must also be established. Part of the first meeting is organizational and the other the initiation of the investigation into the complaint against Joiner. 

The city's ethics board wasn't scheduled to convene until this week to review the documentation, according to Jordan, and the process of reviewing the case will not be hindered by the recent board member shake up. 

For those complaints not dismissed, the Board of Ethics would then collect evidence and add the findings and results of its investigations to the complaint file. The group must hold a hearing within 60 days of the Friday, May 3 filing.

“The objective would be to come within the original 60-day period,” Jordan said. “The ordinance says going beyond the 60 days doesn't invalidate what the board would do. In fairness to everyone involved, we need to get it done as judiciously as possible.”

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