Ga. ethics commission chooses Ritter as new leader following troubled period

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ATLANTA — State officials have chosen a new leader for the troubled Georgia ethics commission.

Stefan Ritter, a senior assistant attorney general, was selected Tuesday from four finalists for the executive secretary position. Ritter focused on education, elections, government services and judiciary.

Commissioners met behind closed doors with candidates before voting to hire Ritter.

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.

Commission Chairwoman Hillary Stringfellow says Ritter is the most qualified candidate and is ready to hit the ground running.

Ritter says he plans to make the commission non-partisan, resistant to outside pressure and efficient.

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