Apr 30 2008

KNS: Knox Ethics Committee wants more power to investigate complaints

Some members of the Knox County Ethics Committee want more power to investigate complaints against county employees and elected officials.


"A citizen doesn't have power to conduct an investigation and neither do we," committee member Mike Duncan said. "We need an ethics committee with some teeth."

Blount isn't the only county struggling to figure out how this is supposed to work. The state should probably step up and make some minor repairs to the newly enacted ethics laws.


Plan B

The state should probably step up and make some minor repairs to the newly enacted ethics laws.

Like they cleared up water regulations? I know what you mean, but the State seems to be as in the wilderness as some of our commission.

If you have Charter, you can see the State in action on channel 20. After an hour or two of watching, you will see about 90% nonsense with a little of the peoples business mixed in. Ever notice the votes for introduced bills and amendments are usually voted in unanimously? Nice to know there is "real" debate going on in Nashville.

Also, the state seems to operate a lot like Blount County. It's like they can't get out of there fast enough. Knox County on more than one occasion has had meetings lasting more than four hours. Could you imagine that kind of deliberation going on in Blount? I guess when you're constantly holding the door on a closet full of skeletons, you tire quickly.

From the article: Members

From the article:

Members voted this morning to set a May 22 workshop to discuss the possibility of expanding its reach.

Wendy Pitts Reeves ought to see if she some folks from the Blount Ethics Committee can attend. Might be able to share some ideas and experiences. After posting a notice on the courthouse bulletin board, of course.

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