Georgia ethics director suspended during computer probe

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By: Associated Press
January 9, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Ethics Commission has suspended its director with pay while they investigate allegations that he misused state computers.

The commission voted Tuesday to suspend Stefan Ritter for what chairman Jake Evans said were "allegations of improper workplace conduct." Ritter told reporters Monday the allegations against him were untrue, saying he had not seen the specific complaints.

Evans will oversee the investigation and hire outside counsel to look into the complaints. Evans did not say how long the investigation might last.

The agency collects campaign finance, vendor gift and lobbying expenditure reports and registers lobbyists, issues advisory opinions and imposes penalties for violations.

Ritter has been executive director of the agency since 2015. He had been with the Georgia Attorney General's Office for 18 years before joining the ethics panel.

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