Politics & Government

Group seeks advice on ethics agency overhaul

A Town Hall-styled meeting Thursday in Macon could lead to improvements for the state’s ethics agency.

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

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

In a statement, the organization’s executive director, William Perry, said that “The State of 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 for Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Brunswick, Gainesville, Dalton, Athens and Rome.