- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state auditor has issued a report slamming the state ethics commission for management issues and is asking state Attorney General Sam Olens to investigate the commission using its own money to pay staffers’ personal legal services.

In a nearly 60-page report issued Wednesday the auditor criticized the commission’s management, saying it lacks formal policies to ensure reports are filed in a timely manner and that investigations are handled consistently.

The auditor also criticized the commission for hiring underqualified staff and said the heart of the commission’s subpar performance lies in a dysfunctional organizational structure, along with an unprofessional work environment, a high turnover rate and numerous lawsuits.

The attorney general’s office paid $10,000 for failing to release key documents while defending the commission in a lawsuit.

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