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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:32am

Another Shakeup For Ethics Panel

A member of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down from the panel after just three months to accept an appointment as a judge.

Chan Caudell, of Cornelia, told The Associated Press he would submit his letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.

Deal, who had appointed Caudell to the state ethics commission in August, tapped him this week to fill a vacant judgeship in the Superior Court of the Mountain Judicial Circuit.

It is the latest upheaval on the five-member panel that oversees campaign finance and lobbying in the state.

Chairman Patrick Millsaps and Vice Chairman Josh Belinfante both stepped down in recent months.

Deal named Heath Garrett, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, to the commission last month.

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