Politics & Government

Group seeks advice on ethics agency overhaul

A town hall-style meeting Thursday in Macon could lead to improvements in the state’s ethics agency.

Common Cause Georgia has scheduled the meeting to discuss what it calls “Georgia’s Ethics Crisis” from 6:30-8 p.m. in the commission chambers of Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St. That’s the building formerly known as Macon City Hall.

Area residents are invited to discuss and offer their thoughts on overhauling the state ethics commission.

In a statement, William Perry, Common Cause’s executive director, said Georgia has “paid out over $3 million in whistleblower settlements relating to the commission. The only agency in the state charged with policing our elected officials is in crisis, and solutions need to be discussed statewide.”

Similar forums have been planned or held in Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Brunswick, Gainesville, Dalton, Athens and Rome.