Ga. county leaders increase Ethics Board funding

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Updated: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:17:05 EST

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has voted to approve an additional $15,000 in funding for its Ethics Board. County spokesman Burke Brennan said Tuesday that the additional funding is being added to $17,000 that was allocated to the board in the county's 2013 budget. In August, interim county CEO Lee May and several commissioners said their form of government lends itself to political and personal influence. They were speaking during a press conference after a grand jury report outlined several criminal allegations against county contractors, employees and its suspended CEO. Brennan says $6,000 of the additional funding is being drawn from the Board of Commissioners' budget and an administrative expense account is paying for the rest. Brennan says Ethics Board members are appointed and approved by county commissioners.

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