- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The DeKalb County Board of Ethics has reprimanded a county commissioner for voting to award a contract to his employer.

The ethics board found this week that Commissioner Stan Watson violated ethics rules when he voted in 2012 to award a $1 million contract to APD Solutions. Watson was being paid as a consultant to the company. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://on-ajc.com/1UKv0Q2 ) reports Watson voted again nine months later to add $500,000 to the contract.

The ethics board decided against suspending Watson from office.

Board of Ethics Chairman John Ernst said he believed Watson should have been suspended. The board voted 4-2 against suspending Watson.

An attorney for Watson, Lynn Whatley, said the commissioner made a mistake and called the errors unintentional.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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