Monday, June 25, 2007

County Ethics policies new hope? NOPE

says this oped from the Mountain Press in Sevier County:

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Anybody who thinks the county's new ethics committee will change the way business is done or the attitudes of commissioners about possible job conflicts may be in for a disappointment. Sevier County and its municipalities have all approved an ethics policy that encourages compliance but doesn't require it, that encourages officials to avoid conflicts of interest but doesn't really define what that is, and a policy that gives the appearance of something significant but probably will never be.

There apparently is no law that keeps a county commissioner from being a county employee and voting on appropriations and matters that would directly affect his real job. There apparently is no law that keeps a county commissioner or city commissioner from being a developer and then seeking the government's help in handling that development.