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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Council Responds To Inquiry - Part 2.

All:

Wednesday morning, we heard from Council Member Burt Hewitt via email.

Below you will find Mr. Hewitt's response to our questions regarding the change to the ethics committee.

While opinions on council responses will be varied, respect should be given due to the willingness to reach out to the Milton constituency and answer questions that impact their city. After all, communication tends to spawn understanding.

We would like to thank Council Member Hewitt for the quick attention given to Accessmilton.com readers after the initial email was sent.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
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Council Member Hewitt's Response

1. I am of the opinion that the Citizen Ethics Board was never going to be able to do it's job without a cloud of doubt being cast over their findings. I had the utmost confidence in my appointees (and the others) on the Board could be fair and impartial. Even with that confidence, the members had a chance to be placed in tough situations. Situations where you know both of the parties involved, where they could be deciding a case against the very person who appointed you or other situations that just don't sit well. Having an independent, outside, third party board will help ease those concerns. Hopefully this board will not be called upon to act, but if it does, we have tried to erase politics out of the equation.

2. While our previous board was talented and made up of people from various professional backgrounds, they did not practice law (with an exception one or two). Having a board made up of legal professionals, who "do this every day" will make these procedures flow more quickly. This new group shouldn't have to be counseled by our City Attorney nor require as much staff time. I liken it to a home improvement project that you try to tackle yourself, but in the end could have saved money by hiring a professional.

3. As far as I am concerned, I had no problems with the persons I appointed to serve on the Board. They were
professional, bright and willing to serve. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks Karl and Carol.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Holy Jokers, Batman! Mumbles the Clown actually speaks!

Anonymous said...

Better to speak rarely with intelligence than often with foolishness. Glad Burt ran!

Anonymous said...

Burt run, now that's funny!

Anonymous said...

It's horrible how many of you attack people based on looks, weight, or just plain want to be mean. have you heard the news the last 5 yrs-- BULLYING is OUT. Oh yeah, forgot it is encouraged on this site, duh.

Travis Allen said...

People who post anonymously have nothing to fear...

Anonymous said...

Except to not be able to post anonymously anymore!

Anonymous said...

The appearance of bias or to prevent actual bias and favoritism demonstrated? It's so nice to have friends on the inside who will see a frivolous complaint thru to the end! What goes around comes around eventually.

Anonymous said...

Never ever seen a group of lawyers get anything done quickly or inexpensively. Is the city trying to convince us of this charade?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Burt for the response. Let us hope this is a good decision to have a panel of lawyers for ethic issues.