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Robert Spagnoletti, Laura Richards and Deborah Lathen named to D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has announced his picks Tuesday for the city’s new government ethics board.

Former D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti will chair the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. (Photo: Sam Ford/ABC7)

Former D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti will chair the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and former Commodity Futures Trading Commission Deputy General Counsel Laura Richards and communications and regulatory consultant Deborah Lathen will serve as the board’s other two members.

“These nominees have extensive experience in law, public service and ethics as well as sterling professional and personal reputations in our city,” Mayor Gray said in a press release Tuesday. “I have faith that they will serve the people of the District well in safeguarding the trust that our residents place in their elected representatives.”

The panel will investigate alleged ethical violation by public officials, and was created as a part of an overhaul of the city ethics rules. The board will also issue new rules and regulations relating to ethical conduct of employees and public officials and conduct mandatory training on the D.C. government’s Code of Conduct.

Both Spagnoletti and Lathen are Democrats, and Richards is a Republican.

The board members will serve a staggered six-year term, and must be confirmed by the D.C. Council.

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