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Code of Ethics will be reviewed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 7:50 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Is it time to update the Hamilton County Code of Ethics?

The question was raised when the Hamilton County Board of Ethics met earlier this month at the county building here.

With no complaints concerning unethical conduct in county or town government on the agenda, Chairman M. Collie Smith suggested it might be a good time to review the official Code of Conduct.

All present agreed to study the code between now and when the board next meets in October and make suggestions at that meeting.

Member David Scranton of Inlet said, "The wording can certainly be improved to make it more readable and understandable."

The Board of Supervisors adopted the current code in 1995. Since then there have been a few minor tweaks.

For example, in May 2013 the supervisors approved an amendment that allows the board to grant waivers from any provision of the Code of Ethics under certain circumstances.

Anyone seeking a waiver is required to obtain written approval with justification from his or her department head.

Waivers granted by the Board of Ethics have to be in writing, state the grounds upon which they are granted, and be made part of the public record.


The Board of Ethics is one of the least known groups of volunteers in the county. It consists of Chairman M. Collie Smith, Speculator; Vice Chairman Alyce Branum, Piseco; Jack Fitterer, Indian Lake; Cynthia Thompson, Long Lake; and David Scranton, Inlet.

It meets four times a year, once every three months, alternating between the county seat in Lake Pleasant and the county building in Indian Lake. Unless otherwise scheduled, meetings start at 2:30 p.m. and the public is always invited.

In fact, the meetings are advertised in Hamilton County Express. The general purpose of these meetings is to provide a chance for the public to express any ethical concerns about the operation of county, town or village governments.

One may also contact any of member of the board directly.

The board will next meet Thursday, Oct. 9, starting at 2:30 p.m. in Lake Pleasant.


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