Board of Ethics

Independent Board
The Board of Ethics is an independent city board composed of seven city residents. They are nominated by legal, business, civic, and educational groups. Nominees are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the Atlanta City Council to serve a three-year term of office. While serving on the board, members are prohibited from making campaign contributions to candidates in city elections and from engaging in other city election political activities.

Nominating Authority
Term of Office
Kate Wasch, Chair Six Major Universities 2016-2019
Wesley Tharpe Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce 2018-2021
Gerald M. Neumark Atlanta Planning Advisory Board 2017-2020
Todd A. Gray Atlanta Business League 2016-2019
Vacant Gate City Bar Association  
Nichola R. Hines League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County 2016-2019
Jessica Stern, Vice Chair Atlanta Bar Association 2015-2018

Duties of the Board

The board administers and enforces the Code of Ethics in the following ways:

  • Interprets the city's ethical standards through formal advisory opinions
  • Administers the financial disclosure process
  • Investigates ethics complaints
  • Holds hearings and issues enforcement decisions

Monthly Meetings

The Board of Ethics meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in City Council Committee Room 1.  The board holds eight regular monthly meetings in January, February, March, May, July, September, October, and November.  It meetings are televised on the Atlanta Municipal Public Affairs Channel 26 as required by law. The board holds committee meetings in the months of April and August and board retreats in the months of June and December.

Nominating Authorities

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Business League
  • Atlanta Planning Advisory Board
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Six major colleges and universities:  Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College


The City of Atlanta has had a Board of Ethics since at least 1984.  In 2002, the Board of Ethics was reconstituted and the position of Ethics Officer was created. The Ethics Office opened in August 2003. 

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