Ethics Office


INDEPENDENT AGENCY

The Ethics Office is an independent office within city government headed by the Ethics Officer.  The Ethics Officer is appointed by the Board of Ethics for a period not to exceed six 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 ethics law prohibits the Ethics Officer from being involved in the city's partisan or nonpartisan political activities or political affairs.

DUTIES
The Ethics Office provides training, gives advice, investigates complaints, prosecutes violations, coordinates the ethics and compliance hotline, and manages the financial disclosure system.  

ETHICS OFFICE STAFF

JABU M. SENGOVA, 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 Member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). 

CARLOS R. SANTIAGO, Associate Ethics Officer

Mr. Santiago serves as the Associate 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, where he was elected Vice President of the Student Bar Association and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure.  Mr. Santiago is a Member of the State Bar of Georgia 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.

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. 

FORMER ETHICS OFFICERS
(TERM)

NINA R. HICKSON (2012-2016)
THE LATE GINNY LOONEY (2003-2012)

 

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