Georgia's Ethics Chief Resigns Amid Probe Into Computer Use

Feb 8, 2019

The director of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down two months after being accused of misusing his state-issued computer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the commission accepted Stefan Ritter's resignation on Friday.

Commission Chairman Jake Evans wouldn't describe the allegations against Ritter. But he says Ritter will be paid three months' salary as part of a settlement.

The settlement also means that Ritter can't sue the commission after being forced out.

Ritter had been the commission's chief since 2015 and was praised for helping cut down on the agency's backlog of cases.

He called the allegations against him "untrue" in January, but stepped down part-way through the investigation.

No replacement has been named yet.

The agency is charged with collecting campaign finance reports and registering lobbyists, among other things.