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Revision proposed to ethics board appointment process
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The newly instituted ethics board ordinance could have another change in how the board members are selected.

In December, the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved to have an ethics board, which hears ethics complaints filed against county commissioners, feature three representatives with appointments from the Rockdale Bar Association, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners and Civic Associations.

During the BOC work session Tuesday morning, Post 2 County Commissioner Doreen Williams proposed changing how the Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners and Civic Associations chooses its appointment to the board. Unlike the Bar Association and Chamber of Commerce which makes direct appointments to the board, the Homeowners and Civic Associations nominates three people and the employees who live within Rockdale County appoint one of those selections to the board.

"That seems like a lot of work to get to something that can be done in a simpler way," said Williams.

Williams called that method "too convoluted" and is proposing the third appointment be a member of the Homeowners and Civic Association with the selection being made directly from the Homeowners and Civic Associations.

Williams says she looked at other counties' board setups to get an idea of how Rockdale's should be put together.

"It's simply to have them make the appointment, just like the (bar) and (chamber)," said Williams. "This seems to be to a simpler process."

Another change William's is proposing to the ordinance would be in the meeting schedules of the ethics board. She says that the members should meet on a needed basis versus every quarter of the year.

The board will take a vote on these amendments at the 10 a.m. regular meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 10, at the Assembly Hall, 901 Main Street, Conyers.

Two appointments have been made to the ethics board from the Bar Association, attorney Russel Moore V, and from the Chamber of Commerce, Darlene Hotchkiss.

The BOC could vote to approve these appoints at next week's meeting as well.