Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Minority Leader wants review of county ethics board

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee want to address the current ethics board as well as Freedom of Information requests.

During Monday’s meeting, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said that the committee needs to review the ethics board to determine if the county is utilizing the best system available.

“It lends to conflicts when we have such a small number,” he said.

The county’s ethics board’s three members is comprised of a department head, a business owner and a retired judge.

“We need to look at the composition of the ethics board,” Kunzwiler said, adding that changes may be needed to make the system more user friendly. “I don’t think it’s been looked at in years.”

Kunzwiler suggested that other counties be looked at to learn how many members they have on their boards. Some counties, he added, have as many as seven and nine members.

Legislator Doug Malone agreed that the board needed to be looked at and possibly increase its numbers.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said he too agreed that it is a discussion that the committee should have.

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