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Board Meetings

Up Next: Regular Meeting of the Governing Board

Please Note: that due to the closing of City Hall in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the May 21, 2020 meeting of the Governing Board was cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2020. 

Next Regular Meeting: July 16, 2020 
6:00 PM EST

City Council Committee Room 1
55 Trinity Ave SW (Second Floor, City Hall Atrium by the elevators)
Atlanta, GA 30303

*NOTE: Regular meetings of the Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General are typically held on the third Thursday of the month in Committee Room 1. Board retreats are typically held in December. The agenda for each meeting will be posted online at least two days before the meeting. The public is invited to attend all board meetings.

Watch Live on TV and Online
As required by law, the Board's monthly meetings are televised live on Channel 26, the City of Atlanta Municipal Channel, and can also be streamed live and following the meeting at atlantaga.gov. Archived videos of meetings of the Board of Ethics can be viewed here or here (2015 meetings and beyond).

*2020 Meeting Schedule

January 16, 2020 - Watch Video
February 27, 2020 - Watch Video
March 19, 2020 - Cancelled
April 2020 - No scheduled board meeting
May 21, 2020 - Cancelled
June 2020 - No scheduled board meeting
July 16, 2020 - Watch Video
August 2020 - No scheduled board meeting
September 17, 2020 - Watch Video
October 15, 2020 - Watch Video
November 19, 2020 - Watch Video 
December 2020 - Winter board retreat, date tba 

*all dates subject to change

2019 Meeting Schedule

January 17, 2019 - Watch Video
February 21, 2019 - Watch Video
March 21, 2019 - Watch Video
April 2019 - No scheduled board meeting
May 16, 2019 - Watch Video
June 2019 - No scheduled board meeting
July 18, 2019 - Watch Video
August 2019 - No scheduled board meeting
September 19, 2019 - Watch Video
October 17, 2019 - Watch Video
November 21, 2019 - Watch Video 
December 7, 2019 - Winter board retreat 

2018 Meeting Schedule

January 18, 2018 - Postponed (Weather)
February 15, 2018 - Watch Video
March 15, 2018 - Watch Video
April 2018 - No scheduled board meeting
May 17, 2018 - Watch Video
July 19, 2018 - Watch Video
August 2018 - No scheduled board meeting
September 20, 2018 - Postponed
October 18, 2018 - Watch Video
November 15, 2018 - Watch Video
December 15, 2018 - Winter board retreat

2017 Meeting Schedule
January 19, 2017 - Watch Video
February 16, 2017 - Watch Video
March 16, 2017 - Postponed
April 2017 - No scheduled board meeting
May 18, 2017 - Watch Video
July 20, 2017 - Watch Video
September 21, 2017 - Watch Video
October 19, 2017 - Watch Video
November 16, 2017 - Postponed
December 16, 2017 - Winter Board retreat

2016 Meeting Schedule
January 21, 2016 - Watch Video
February 18, 2016 - Watch Video
March 17, 2016 - Watch Video
April 2016 - No scheduled board meeting
May 19, 2016 - Postponed
June 1, 2016 - Special called meeting - Watch Video
July 21, 2016 - Watch Video
August 2016 - No scheduled board meeting
September 15, 2016 - Watch Video
October 20, 2016 - Postponed
November 17, 2016 - Watch Video
December 3, 2016 - Winter Board retreat

2015 Meeting Schedule
January 15, 2015 - Watch Video
February 19, 2015 - Watch Video
March 19, 2015 - Watch Video
April 2015 - No scheduled board meeting
May 21, 2015 - Watch Video
June 6, 2015 - Summer board retreat
July 16, 2015 - Postponed
August 2015 - No scheduled board meeting
September 17, 2015 - Watch Video
October 15, 2015 - Watch Video
November 19, 2015 - Watch Video
December 5, 2015 - Winter board retreat


Governing Board

Independent City Board
The Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General is an independent city board composed of nine city residents. They are nominated by legal, business, civic, and educational groups. Nominees are appointed by the Mayor and 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
Nominee pending Six Major Universities  
Wesley C. Tharpe Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce 2018-2021
Gerald M. Neumark Atlanta Planning Advisory Board 2017-2020
Todd A. Gray, Vice Chair Atlanta Business League 2019-2022
Chris E. Gilmore Gate City Bar Association 2019-2022 
Nichola R. Hines, Chair League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County 2019-2022
Lisa K. Liang Atlanta Bar Association 2019-2022
Victor E. Hartman Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2020-2023
Matthew R. Grosvenor Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants 2019-2022 

Duties of the Governing Board

  • Ensures the independence of the Office of the Inspector General through the provision of an orderly and fair process for raising and addressing ethical concerns, potential violations of city code and allegations of fraud, waste and abuse
  • Hears all appeals filed from adverse decisions issued by the Office of the Inspector General and motions to squash subpoenas issued by the Inspector General or Ethics Officer

Monthly Meetings

The Board 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.  Meetings are televised on the Atlanta Municipal Public Affairs Channel 26 as required by law. 

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
  • Seven major colleges and universities:  Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants


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. 

Board Member Biographies



Todd A. Gray
 currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and is the Director of Supplier Diversity for Kaiser Permanente NFS. In this role, Mr. Gray is responsible for system wide Supplier Diversity for National Facility Services. Prior to joining Kaiser, he served as Director of Supplier Diversity at Grady Health System, Supplier Diversity Manager for CVS Caremark, Assistant Vice President of Wachovia, and Wells Fargo Corporate Supplier Diversity. As a Metro Atlanta native, Mr. Gray is an active participant in civic and state level initiatives impacting diversity and community. He founded P.O.L.I.S.H.E.D., a community youth development initiative to help young men ages 12-17. He serves on the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council's (GMSDC) Board of Directors, the Atlanta Business League Board, and The Villages at Carver Family YMCA Board. He was recognized in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Journal as on of Atlanta's Top 50 Rising Stars, received the 2015 Advocate of the Year Award from the GMSDC, and is a 2016 featured "Game Changer" in Who's Who in Black Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Network and Communications Management from DeVry University and an MBA in Finance from DeVry's Keller School of Management. Mr. Gray was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta Business League.


Victor (Vic) E. Hartman is the Principal of The Hartman Firm, LLC specializing in internal investigations, forensic accounting, and fraud mitigation consulting. He has been a court appointed receiver and examiner, and he also represents whistleblowers. Clients include the DeKalb County Office of Independent Internal Audit and the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. Mr. Hartman is an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Georgia and holds various credentials relating to fraud and forensic accounting. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. Mr. Hartman retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 25 years where he served as a supervisory special agent and chief division counsel. He investigated complex financial crimes and public corruption, and he served on the FBI's corporate response team. He played leadership roles in both the Enron and WorldCom investigations. He also teaches forensic accounting at Georgia State University and is the author of the book, The Honest Truth About Fraud. He previously served on the board of Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta. Mr. Hartman was nominated to the Board by the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Nichola R. Hines
 serves as Chair of the Board and is currently the Assistant General Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for Delaware North, a contracted food and beverage company. Ms. Hines oversees 12 restaurants located on Concourse T and D and has worked for 13 years in the hospitality industry. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Social Science (emphasis in economics) from the University of Southern California. After graduation, she found a career in advertising and worked for Ogilvy and Mather as a media planner. During the recent economic downturn, Ms. Hines decided to follow her passion and went to culinary school. She graduated from The Art Institute of New York City with a discipline in Restaurant Management. She is Vice President of the USC Alumni Club of Atlanta and an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving on multiple committees. Ms. Hines was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters.


Gerald (Gerry) M. Neumark
currently teaches public policy and political science in the Public Management and Policy Department of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. The classes he teaches on a regular basis include Policy and Politics in the American City as well as Citizenship, the Community and Public Service, which is a course in local citizenship and service learning. Dr. Neumark received his M.S. in community development, his M.P.A. as well as his Ph.D. in political science all at Georgia State University. He has been involved in academic activities for the past several years, serving as a past board member of the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA). He has presented several papers and journal articles on the policy development of the Atlanta BeltLine to the GPSA as well as in its journal, Questions in Politics. His writings also include the Georgia State University On-Line Professional Journal. In addition, he is the author of the textbook currently being used for a number of university service learning and local citizenship courses. Dr. Neumark been civically active within the City of Atlanta, including serving as the former vice-chair of NPU-F, first vice president of the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB); and for a brief time, president of APAB. Dr. Neumark was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board. 

Chris E. Gilmore is an experienced corporate and finance attorney practicing in the areas of debt and equity financing, software, service and sales contracts mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and structuring. After years of practicing with some of Atlanta's largest and most prestigious law firms, Mr. Gilmore transitioned his practice to Townsend & Lockett, LLC where he could focus on businesses and cliets of all sizes and levels of experience. In addition to his passion for helping clients, Gilmore has a passion for giving back to his community. He currently serves as President of Emerging 100 of Atlanta, the young auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. Gilmore was selected as a member of the Class of 2019 for LEAD Atlanta and recently selected as a member of the NextGen Advisory Board for Citizens Trust Bank. He is a native of metro Atlanta and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science with a minor in Accounting. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School with a concentration on law and business. He currently resides in West End, Atlanta. He was nominated to the Board by the Gate City Bar Association. 

Matt Grosvenor is a partner in the Financial Reporting and Assurance department at the tax, accounting consulting firm Bennett Thrasher LLP. Mr. Grosvenor has over 22 years of experience working with hospital systems and the healthcare industry, and previously worked as the system controller for one of the largest hospital systems in Atlanta. For over five years, he was a key member of management as this system grew from approximately $575 million to almost $1 billion in net revenues. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Anderson in Atlanta. During this time he assisted emerging enterprises, not-for-profits, privately-held and publicly-traded companies in the US and Europe. He has worked extensively with companies in the software, services, manufacturing, technology and healthcare industries. He has a unique perspecitve as technical accountant and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), hospital administrator and corporate controller for a large healthcare system. He was nominated to the Board by the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. 


Lisa K. Liang 
is a Staff Attorney in the State Court of Fulton County, primarily assisting with the civil case load, consisting largely of torts, business disputes, consumer debt cases, and appeals from Magistrate Court.  After graduating from Georgia State University, College of Law, Lisa worked for Atlanta Legal Aid in the Health Law Unit which provides free civil legal services to low-income cancer and HIV/AIDS patients and survivors in metro-Atlanta.  Prior to law school, Lisa wore many hats – she taught elementary school and worked as a pediatric social worker. Lisa is active in the legal community.  She serves as a Board of Governors Member for the State Bar of Georgia.  Lisa is active in the Atlanta Bar Association – on the Board of Directors; as Co-Editor of the Atlanta Lawyer; with the CLE Board of Trustees; and recipient of a Distinguished Service Award and Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award.  She is co-chair of GAPABA’s Women’s Leadership Network. Lisa is active with the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.  Lisa is a graduate of the ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute; GAWL’s Leadership Academy; and the State Bar YLD’s Leadership Academy. In the Atlanta community, Lisa is the Chairwoman of the Ethics Commission of the Atlanta Board of Education.  Lisa coached the Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team at Marist School and now coaches at Grady High School. Lisa lives in Midtown with her spouse and their dachshunds. She was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta Bar Association. 


Wesley C. Tharpe 
is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, D.C., where he analyzes state tax and budget policies and lifts up ways that public investments in education, health care and other vital services can help people and communities thrive. Prior to joining CBPP in 2018, Wesley worked for seven years at the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute in Atlanta, where he coordinated the organization's team of policy analysts and conducted research on a wide range of issues, such as the need for Georgia to improve its tax system and enact more welcoming policies towards immigrants. A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Wesley holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and M.A. in Public Policy from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a member of LEAD Atlanta's Class of 2017, a past member of the Center for Working Families in Mechanicsville and has extensive experience advocating on legislation at the Georgia General Assembly. An Atlanta resident since 2008, Wesley was nominated to the Board by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.


Former Board Members:

Kate Wasch, Seven Major Universities, 2011-2019
Jessica Stern, Atlanta Bar Association, 2015-2019
Mecca Anderson, Gate City Bar Association, 2018
Riah Greathouse, 
Gate City Bar Association, 2015-2017
Brent Adams, Atlanta Business League, 2011-2017
Carol Snype Crawford,
 Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, 2010-2016

Kai N. Williamson, Atlanta Business League, 2012-2016
Shukura Ingram Millender, 
Gate City Bar Association, 2010-2015
Pat Upshaw-Monteith, 
Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, 2014-2015
Caroline Johnson Tanner, 
Atlanta Bar Association, 2008-2014
De’Lonn Brown,
 Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, 2013-2014; 2015-2016

MaryAnne Gaunt, Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, 2007-2012
Charmaine Ward, Atlanta Business League, 2008-2011
Cathy R. Daniels, Six Major Universities, 2008-2011
Charles B. Crawford, Jr., Metro Atlanta Chamber, 2008-2011
John Lewis, Gate City Bar Association, 2005-2010
Jacquee Minor, Atlanta Business League, 2005-2008
Kenyatta Mitchell, Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, 2005-2008
Lawrence Levin, Ph.D., Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 2005-2008
John D. Marshall, Jr., Six Major Universities, 2002-2007
Leah Janus, Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, 2002-2006
Robert B. Remar, Atlanta Bar Association, 2002-2005
Chuck Barlow, Atlanta Business League, 2002-2005
Michael D. Johnson, Gate City Bar Association, 2002-2004
Gloria Bromell-Tinubu, Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, 2003-2004
Seth Lynn, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 2002-2004
Myrtle Davis, Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, 2002-2003


Ethics Office


The Ethics Office is an independent office within city government headed by the City Ethics Officer.  The City Ethics Officer is appointed by the Board of Ethics and Indepdependent Compliance for a period of five years, subject to confirmation by the City Council and approval by the Mayor.  The Ethics Officer must be a city resident and an active member of the Georgia Bar Association with at least five years' experience in the practice of law.  The City Code of Ethics prohibits the Ethics Officer from being involved in the City's partisan political activities or political affairs.

The Ethics Office provides general and targeted ethics training to city officials, employees, and contractors on the City's Code of Ethics; provides written and oral ethics advice to city officials and employees; investigates complaints falling under the jurisdiction of the Code of Ethics, prosecutes violations of the Code of Ethics, coordinates the City's ethics and compliance hotline (Integrity Hotline), and manages the City's financial disclosure system.  


JABU M. SENGOVA, City Ethics Officer

Appointed by the Board of Ethics in February 2017, Ms. Sengova serves as the City of Atlanta's Ethics Officer. She brings over 17 years of experience in the legal field, including her work in the Fulton County Public Defender's Office, where she successfully represented criminal defendants in felony trials and as an assistant public defender in the Atlanta Municipal Court's Public Defender's Office. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sengova served for eight years as the City's Associate Ethics Officer. In that role she was instrumental in developing and producing the City's pilot ethics e-learning course, which launched city-wide in 2015. A native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, she is a founding member of the St. Joseph's Secondary School Alumni Association, which conducts fundraising activities to provide scholarships and books for young girls attending school in West Africa. Ms. Sengova is also a member of various local and national ethics and compliance organizations, and is an active member of local bar associations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from South Carolina State University and her law degree from University of Florida. She is a Member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). 

CARLOS R. SANTIAGO, Deputy Ethics Officer

Mr. Santiago serves as the Deputy Ethics Officer. In this role, he reviews and investigates ethics complaints, monitors the City's compliance hotline, conducts ethics training for city officials and employees on the City's Standards of Conduct (Code of Ethics), provides written and oral advice to officials and employees, recommends changes to the Code of Ethics or Board Rules, assists with the City's mandatory annual disclosure filing requirements, and manages the financial disclosure enforcement process. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctor from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.  Mr. Santiago is a Member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, various local and national ethics and compliance organizations, and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

SHERRY H. DAWSON, Business Manager

Ms. Dawson serves as the office administrator. In this role, she manages the day to day operations of the Ethics Office, assists users in filing online forms in the Electronic Disclosure System, and researches and compiles data for reports.  Previously, she worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia for 13 years, serving as its finance director and office manager.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Alabama State University.


Bio coming soon!

JANET R. KEENE, Ethics Analyst

Ms. Keene serves at the Ethics Analyst. In this role, she assists with ethics investigations and helps to identify potential conflicts of interest through the proactive auditing of the annual City Financial Disclosure Statements filed by city officials and employees. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

PORTIA REEVESExecutive Assistant

Bio coming soon!

LARRY MASONInvestigator

Bio coming soon!


NINA R. HICKSON (2012-2016)


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