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Here’s The Scoop….ETHICS

“THEY LOVED US THERE!”…..

BCbythesea…hears that at the CIC “tar and feathering” of Commissioner Dodd Sunday night Vice Mayor McIntee told the members and the Commissioner….between his yells of “You’re wrong!”:…and other “choice” shouts from the back of the room….that the Ethics Committee in Talahhassee loved him and Commissioner Silverstone….WOW!

Had heard previously the Vice Mayor was in the room well beyond the customary 5 minutes…(close to 25 minutes)…..regaling his past feats of heroism….fighting fires at a tender young age….all without benefit of his massive collection scrapbooks….

(LBTS residents will remember…his wife brought forth an array of them….when he was “questioned” in the past by the former majority….in Jarvis Hall…..)

COME ON!….

Why would the Ethics Committee booked that day with many facing complaints….4 from this town alone….”love” anyone who kept them from moving on…. in a timely manner….much less for having to hear a stranger tout his youth and accomplishments?………

The Ethics press release and subsequent report…certainly did not “show the love”….they wrote in no uncertain terms….there was a determination of “probable cause”…on several complaints…with the VFD and the CIC…..

He seems to be “thumbing his nose” at those who felt his presence that day…. ….by not heeding their final act of “love”…in making it known….in their committee findings….that included….

“…..and because the action of the commission in this matter WILL serve to correct future conduct by the respondent , the commission will take no further action on the alleged violation.”….

In previous post….local news category….Judy Vik of the Pelican…..conducted a phone interview with Philip C. Claypool asking for clarification on this corrective action…..He is the executive director of the Commission on Ethics….he stated….

“The finding of probable cause is seen as corrective determination or ‘Go and sin no more’ ….

What would Mr Claypool think of the Vice Mayor returning to the dais….to continue to discuss and vote on………the purchases…and the contracts of the VFD …while being both a member of the VFD and a sitting elected official?………….

Going to a negotiation with the VFD and Sea Ranch Lakes…after the Town Manager stated from the dais that the town could not negotiate with Sea Ranch Lakes for the VFD?….

Some background…..

Way back when …….some months back….both Commissioner Clottey and Commissioner Dodd were asking the questions….also heard from constituents…..

Should 4 members of the dais also be members of a political action organization?….

If they remained as such….how could that organization carry on as in the past to “watch” over their elected officials and what was being decided on the dais?….

How could the organization and the commissioners make sure that no appearance of “breaking sunshine” would arise?….

Commissioner Dodd had already made it clear….as stated in previous posts….he thought it best to step down from his role as Chair….a few times…..and perhaps step away from the CIC if elected…..for these very reasons….

Commissioner Clottey went to a CIC letter stuffing party…..and offered up her personal thoughts….of the same concerns….suggesting that each commissioner come as a guest of the CIC separately to CIC monthly meetings….thus guaranteeing no “Sunshine” problems….while offering up different points of view to the members….and a chance for members to ask questions….for a longer period of time.

She was met with “dismissal” of even considering such an idea along with some definite anger coming in response while expressing her desire to executive board members of the CIC…..

Commissioner Dodd…acted on his beliefs….. finally….. last week…..due to the reasons stated in previous posts and through his emails……..

He also felt the ethics committee “stopped short” of their ruling….although it was only a small part of his overall…personal ethics…..for making this difficult decision….

Yesterday he called the Ethics Committee…..and was told ….

They can not legislate “BAD PRACTICE”…….It becomes an ethics problem when a political action committee makes a decision to take legal action, litigation or sue the town since there is immediately a financial link between their actions of the committee and the town’s commissioners…

“BAD PRACTICE”…..

BCbythesea….seems to be in line with….”correct future conduct by the respondent”….and “Go and sin no more.”…..

BCbythesea…what is also interesting….

Did the same ethics concern apply when the VFD sued the town….and the commissioners were on both sides?….

BCbythesea….In conclusion….as a former member…former Vice Chair of the CIC…….

Any member……of the CIC should be able to ask for a “leave of absence” WITHOUT even having to give a reason….ASSURED….. that it will be accepted graciously….with the reply being ….’Hope you will be back soon to join us once again”…sincerely your CIC Board……

Remember this …..for the next CIC member….who just might ask for a” temporary leave.”….without being “tarred and feathered.”

more to come…..

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