ATLANTA — The Georgia Ethics Commission confirms its chief has been suspended due to an ongoing investigation.

Stefan Ritter is accused of workplace misconduct.

Tuesday, it voted to put Ritter on administrative leave with pay while he's being investigated. The commission oversees campaign finance and transparency in Georgia's government.

According to the group, Ritter has been executive director of the commission since 2015. Before he joined the agency, Ritter worked for the Georgia Attorney General's Office. He took over the ethics commission after the former director was fired for her role in a whistle-blower lawsuit.

The commission also came under fire a few years ago for having a backlog of ethics cases that were never investigated.