A few weeks back, the Georgia Ethics Commission placed its attorney, Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, on leave for allegedly drinking on the job. Now, she’s been fired.
The AJC reports that the Ethics Commission voted to terminate her employment on Tuesday, and Murray-Obertein’s lawyer is not happy.
“We are disappointed in the commission’s decision to take this course of action,” Murray-Obertein’s lawyer, Brian Sutherland, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Ms. Murray-Obertein is considering her options.”
The move is significant because Murray-Obertein is a witness in a federal investigation into the handling of alleged ethics violations by Governor Deal’s 2010 campaign. Both she and commission director Holly LaBerge were subpoenaed in mid-December.
The story also reports that Lisa Dentler, the commission’s office manager, will resign effective February 7th.