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May 15, 2013

City ethics board makes another change

MILLEDGEVILLE — After a crazy week, the City of Milledgeville's Board of Ethics has three members adequately meeting service requirements. 

Two appointees, Baldwin State Court judge Alan Thrower and Georgia College professor Clifton Wilkinson, Jr., were disqualified in the last seven days before signing affidavits after the board received its first ethic complaint against a city official May 3.

During Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Richard Bentley appointed Dr. Mike Holmes and recommended Charles Moore for Council consideration, which they approved. The two new ethics board members join Patricia Hicks on the panel charged with investigating ethics complaints filed against city officials and designees.

The three-member ethics board was originally finalized May 23, 2012, when Patricia Hicks joined Wilkinson and Thrower on the ethics board.

Local resident Danielle Fields, a downtown business owner, filed the complaint a week and a half ago against District 4 City Councilman Phillip Joiner that started the city procedure of handling its first ethics case.

City Attorney Jimmy Jordan noticed a problem with Thrower's eligibility last Tuesday. Since the people of Baldwin County elect Thrower, he didn't meet the core requirements spelled out by the ethics ordinance adopted March 2012.

“It was an oversight on my part,” the city attorney said last week.

Each board member is required to sign an affidavit after appointment stating they are over 21, a registered city voter, a city resident and not an elected official.

Wilkinson was the second ethics appointee removed because he moved out of the city limits requiring two replacements during Tuesday's regular meeting. Only one needed Council's majority vote.

“(Wilkinson) has moved out of the city and informed us of that after receiving his notice of the complaint and affidavit to sign,” Bentley said. “We had two folks to reappoint. Holmes appointment didn't require Council approval.”

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