Commission chair Kevin Abernathy made the announcement Monday following an emergency meeting of the commission. He did not provide details of the cases or personnel matters at issue.
The commission has been sued by its former executive secretary and her former assistant, who claim retaliation for work investigating ethics complaints filed against Gov. Nathan Deal. Those two lawsuits are pending in Fulton County Superior Court.
William Perry with Common Cause Georgia has been calling for an independent investigation and said he appreciates the commission's decision. But he said he has questions about who will appoint the independent investigator, what that person will look into and how it will work.
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