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.

Member
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

History

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.