Cobb County Government

Cobb County Board of Commissioners Approve Resolution to Recertify County GMA County of Ethics Program

(Marietta, Ga. – November 10, 2015) Today the Cobb Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to recertify the County as a County of Ethics in compliance with the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Certified City of Ethics program. Cobb County was originally certified in 2010 and has to become recertified every four years.

Cobb is one of three counties in the state to certify in the program which recognizes cities and counties that adopt an ethics ordinance that meets minimum standards approved by the GMA Board. GMA initiated the certification program in 1999 for cities and later opened the program for counties.

To become recertified, the County adopted a resolution acknowledging and subscribing to five specific ethics principals to govern the conduct of elected officials:
o   Serve others, not ourselves
o   Use resources with efficiency and economy
o   Treat all people fairly
o   Use the power of our position for the well being of our constituents
o   Create an environment of honesty, openness, and integrity

District one Commissioner Bob Weatherford suggested Cobb become certified initially when he served on the GMA Board while at the City of Acworth. “Cobb County’s current official ethics code exceeds the standards for GMA’s certification,” he said. “I am proud to be associated with a board of commissioners and a county government that places such a high priority on ethics, transparency and integrity.”