The Gwinnett County Commission, in
a break with the past an effort to clarify the ethical standards for officeholders, unanimously passed a new ethics ordinance that sets up a county ethics panel and requires disclosure of Commissioners’ financial ties.
District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau called the revised ordinance … “a good way to wipe the slate clean from the past and move the county forward.”
The ethics panel — which will review any complaints brought against county officials — will be made up of five members rather than three, giving it a “broader perspective.”
A “safe harbor” period was also included, basically saying any complaints lodged against a commissioner in an active election campaign will be deferred until that period is over. The thought is to avoid any frivolous complaints that may be filed merely as a negative campaign tactic.
“We really want this to be a serious undertaking,” Nash said. “We want it to be there for those times when it may actually be needed. It would be wonderful if there was never a reason for it to be utilized, but if it is needed we want it to be reserved for those situations where it really is the appropriate thing to do.”
Let’s hope it takes this time.