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Best Public Servant

George Anderson

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Oddly, our choice would probably not have the endorsement of a good chunk of the state's elected public servants. That's because George Anderson is -- and he'd take this as a compliment -- a politician's worst nightmare. Owner of Booklover's Den in Rome, Ga., Anderson scours public documents, campaign disclosures, election forms -- anything he can use as fodder for catching pols with their pants down. Since 1996, he's filed hundreds of ethics complaints a year. While his complaints often are picayune -- a missing date, a wrong address, an incomplete name -- sometimes he hits paydirt. In January, one of his complaints spurred a probe into two trips taken by Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell aboard a plane owned by Robert Crowder, CEO of a company with connections to City Hall.

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