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DeKalb County commissioners: 'We need ethics training'

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In the wake of a scathing report called most of them corrupt, DeKalb County commissioners acknowledged Tuesday that they need ethics training.

“There are no courses training us in constitutional law," said District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon. "I think I’ve made a very, very diligent and a very conscientious decision with everything I do as a county commissioner.”

The investigation, led by former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, found "appalling corruption" inside DeKalb County's government. Bowers' report suggests that May resign because he borrowed money from a subordinate. The report also suggests that five of the seven DeKalb County commissioners resign, mostly because of some questionable spending of taxpayer dollars, including thousands to their favorite charities. 

“Everything we’ve done, we’ve done for public purpose in terms of trying to make a difference in our community,” said District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, "so I’ve got to find out the legal interpretation, how things work.” 

During a committee meeting Tuesday, District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, who is not named in the corruption report, proposed ethics training for county commissioners. 

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve had no ethics training. I have not been presented a code of ethics," Johnson said. "and so I think that may be a big problem.”

District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester, who also is not named in the report, proposed a system in which someone signs off on expenditures of elected officials.

District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader suggested that, as a matter of transparency, Gov. Nathan Deal's office should launch a formal investigation. 

May, the county's interim CEO, did not attend the committee meeting.

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