Looney became the city’s first chief ethics officer in 2003 and was reappointed to a second term. During her tenure she set up the city’s 24/7 ethics hotline and improved its financial disclosure filing rate from 77 percent in 2002 to 98 percent in 2010. Looney developed the city’s web-based disclosure filing system and helped craft policies regarding gifts, travel and campaign donation solicitations. Looney created a standard of excellence in ethics throughout city government which is the hallmark of transparency and equity.
“I am truly saddened to hear of the passing of Ginny Looney,” said Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. “She was such an amazing person who touched the lives of many, and she will be missed. I will certainly keep her family in my thoughts and prayers.”
District 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore, who represents part of Buckhead, said, “Ms. Looney was instrumental in executing the city’s new ethics code. She was passionate about her tasks, and took her position seriously. The city of Atlanta has benefitted by the process, policy and procedures that Ginny Looney left as her legacy.”