State Ethics Commission head quits

Rick Thompson, executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission, resigned his post today.

The commission handles campaign finance and lobbyist disclosure reports and judges complaints filed against politicians, lobbyists and political groups.

Thompson has been with the commission since January 2004 and took over at a time when state officials said the agency had a backlog of 200 cases, some dating back years.

That backlog has been largely wiped out.

Thompson said he gave the commission’s chairman 60 days notice. He said he will start a public strategy company.

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August 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

I smell a rat here…


August 19th, 2009
9:22 am

The state of Georgia will be much better off without him!

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A Loss for Georgia Ethics

August 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

Apparently he did a great job because people are glad to see him go. Only those who have something to hide are greatful of his departure…


August 19th, 2009
6:44 pm

Why?? Probably because it’s now a thankless and impossible job in this state. We don’t need an Ethics Commissioner as much as we need the FBI looking into the dealings (and self-dealings) of our politicians.

he never did anything worthy

August 20th, 2009
10:43 am

Thank goodness he is going. He never accomplished a single thing. His arrogance was personified whenever you spoke to him.

Montana L

August 21st, 2009
8:39 am

I found him affable, friendly & open. But the SEC’s being eviscerated, money-wise. Not surprised.

ethics watch

August 22nd, 2009
10:49 am

He was not doing his job well- and was there to protect those who needded investigation. The firm that defends politicans always gets their man in their-watch closely- ask him questions- if you ever asked him questions and saw the difference between what he said and reality you would have seen the doubletalk.Doublecross -doubletalk!

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