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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:23am

Ethics Leaders Want Agency Changes

State ethics commission leaders are planning a major reorganization of the agency aimed at helping it operate more efficiently under a tighter budget.

Commission Chairman Patrick Millsaps and Vice Chairman Josh Belinfante told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they plan to present the changes at an August 5th commission meeting.

The changes include farming out some duties to a private attorney, hiring a new auditor and leaning more on the state attorney general for investigative help.

Millsaps and Belinfante say the changes can be made at no additional cost. Current executive director Stacey Kalberman agreed to resign after a dispute with the commission over the agency's budget and the status of several cases involving Governor Nathan Deal. Millsaps says her replacement could be named at the August 5th meeting.

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