Ethics Division


The Ethics Division is an independent office within the Office of the Inspector General headed by the City Ethics Officer.  The City Ethics Officer is appointed by the Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General 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 Division 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). 

, 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).

, 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.

Ethics Advisor

, 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.

Executive Assistant

Investigations Manager

, Administrative Assistant


NINA R. HICKSON (2012-2016)