Ethics complaints mount for regent

ATHENS, Ga. --- Lawyers for University System of Georgia Regent Don Leebern have moved to settle an ethics complaint against him, but Mr. Leebern soon might face a second inquiry by the State Ethics Commission.


The complaints accuse Mr. Leebern of failing to file financial disclosure forms that state officials are required to submit each year to the State Ethics Commission and the Georgia Secretary of State, or failing to file accurate forms.

The forms are supposed to include the public official's property holdings, list companies in which the official has invested more than $10,000 and disclose similar information, along with any state contracts worth more than $10,000.

Tim Brandenburg, of Augusta, filed a complaint last year accusing Mr. Leebern of failing to file the required disclosure forms.

Mr. Brandenburg said workers with the Secretary of State and the State Ethics Commission were unable to produce Mr. Leebern's forms when Mr. Brandenburg requested them.

Mr. Brandenberg, a former Medical College of Georgia employee, said he was trying to get the documents as he appeals his firing.