The Union Recorder

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May 9, 2013

Ethics board member disqualified

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Jordan confirmed Wednesday that the two current Board of Ethics members, the mayor and Council have all received an official copy of the complaint.

Joiner was also officially served notice of the filed ethics grievances against him.

The city’s ethics board wasn’t scheduled to convene until next week to review the documentation, according to the city attorney, and the process of reviewing the case will not be hindered by the recent board member shake up. A new member is slated to be appointed next week.

“It would be prudent for us to go ahead and have the third member on board before the ethics board meets,” he said.

Since the ethics panel lacks established hearing procedure to this point, protocol must also be established. Part of the first meeting is organizational and the other the initiation of the investigation into the complaint against Joiner. 

For those complaints not dismissed, the Board of Ethics would then collect evidence and add the findings and results of its investigations to the complaint file. The group must hold a hearing within 60 days of the Friday’s filling.

Upon the board’s review, findings pass on to Council for action based solely on the presence of a discernible ethics violation. The rules allow for the censure of an official, or Council may ask for a resignation from office.

The model ethics ordinance creating the ethics board was part of the City of Milledgeville’s designation as a Georgia Municipal Association City of Ethics in June 2012.

The city’s code of ethics relates to travel, representation and business dealings of city employees, elected officials, appointees and volunteers with the purpose to encourage high ethical standards in official conduct, while also setting guidelines, seeking disclosure and providing terms of discipline for those who refuse to abide by the policy’s terms. Council approved the new ethics policy in March 2012.

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