Saturday, June 11, 2011

Did County Clerk Williams Break Whistle Blower Laws...?

A letter penned by Oswego County Clerk George Williams that outlines disgruntled employees, denies ethics violations and decries the Democratic caucus of the county Legislature and a Fulton-based newspaper, caused one legislator to ask for Williams’ resignation during Thursday’s Oswego County Legislature meeting.

The three-page letter, introduced under new business by Legislator Mike Kunzwiler, D-Oswego, and Democratic caucus chairman, details some of the issues that Williams has been facing in the last few months regarding to the investigation by the Oswego County Board of Ethics into his deputy clerk’s failure to disclose her employment with Info Quick Solutions Inc. (IQS).

During that investigation, it was determined that the deputy clerk violated general municipal law by being employed with a company contracted by the county, but Williams, also investigated on similar accusations, was exonerated.

His letter to many members of the Republican caucus paints a scenario of several county employees making accusations against him and reporting those accusations to Kunzwiler.

“I’ve seen some rotten things happen in this Legislature from time to time,” Kunzwiler said, “but I received a copy of a letter addressed to Republican legislators from George Williams. What’s more disturbing about this letter is it goes on to degrade some of our county employees and (names them), which I believe is improper for a person in that position to do.

“This whole piece of paper is nothing but lies,” Kunzwiler added, emphasizing that employees of the county should have the freedom to come to the Legislature at any time for concerns of safety, ethics or lawfulness.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a copy of this letter posted here. Is that possible? According to the Pal-Times article the letter was written by Williams as a person, and not as county clerk (although I don't see how you can separate the two given our political landscape here). Did he write the letter on his own letterhead or Oswego County letterhead? How did he sign it? As an individual, or as county clerk? Those are just a few questions that I believe could be better answered with a view of the letter itself. I hope you will post it here.