Atlanta City Council moves forward with creation of Office of Inspector General

Jennifer Ides

The Atlanta City Council moved forward with legislation Tuesday to amend the city’s charter to create the Office of Inspector General.

As a charter amendment, the ordinance will require three reads and two adoptions by council. Tuesday’s vote was the second read and first adoption of the legislation. The council is expected to consider final adoption during its meeting Feb. 3.

“This legislation is a monumental step for the city of Atlanta,” said  Councilmember Jennifer Ide, who introduced the legislation. “As a charter amendment, there will be additional consideration before it crosses the finish line, but today’s vote moved us closer to creating an inspector general’s office to root out waste, fraud and corruption. We want to make sure we finalize this legislation in a timely fashion so we can ensure we’re instituting greater transparency and accountability.”

“This is my number one goal for the entire year,” Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit said. “We have to restore the public trust in government. This is structural change that will last generations.”

The vote came in the wake of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issuing an executive order on Jan. 13 to create the oversight office.

The mayor’s executive order said the IG office must be independent from the mayor and city council and have the authority to initiate its own investigations; budgetary protection; direct subpoena power; protection of whistleblowers; and that the functions and operations of the current Independent Compliance Officer, the City Auditor and the City Ethics Office to be under the authority of the IG’s office

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