Board of Ethics

Independent Board
The Board of Ethics and Independent Compliance 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
Kate Wasch, Chair Six Major Universities 2016-2019
Wesley C. Tharpe Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce 2018-2021
Gerald M. Neumark Atlanta Planning Advisory Board 2017-2020
Todd A. Gray Atlanta Business League 2019-2022
Chris E. Gilmore Gate City Bar Association 2019-2022 
Nichola R. Hines, Vice Chair League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County 2019-2022
Lisa K. Liang Atlanta Bar Association 2019-2022
Nominee pending Association of Certified Fraud Examiners  
Matthew R. Grosvenor Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants 2019-2022 

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 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
  • 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. 

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