Georgia ethics commission narrows field for new leader to 4 finalists

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ATLANTA — State officials have narrowed the list of finalists to lead the troubled ethics commission.

The four candidates' names were released Wednesday in response to an open records request. Commission Chairwoman Hillary Stringfellow says the four finalists will be interviewed later this month.

The agency's previous executive secretary was fired after a judge fined her for allegedly withholding documents in a lawsuit against the state. The agency enforces Georgia's campaign-finance and ethics laws but has been troubled by employee lawsuits and a backlog of cases.

The candidates include Jeffrey Ledford, a division director with the Department of Economic Development; Stefan Ritter, a senior assistant attorney general; Cheston Roney, administrator for Sandy Springs Municipal Court; and Heather Ryfa, senior staff attorney in the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection.

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