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Monday, August 27, 2012

Why have an ethics policy for advisory/committee board members? (A: to stop the cronies!)

I was very surprised when talk at the Monday, Aug. 27 Troy City Council meeting turned to the ethics of the city advisory boards and committees, particularly when the mayor pro-tem started talking about a particular example that I knew very well.
It is the very reason I got involved in city politics. Please read it here.
Clearly, Janice Daniels was quite rattled about the idea of forcing ethics on the committees. Why? She was a leader of the group that told the member of my advisory board to act unethically!
Janice Daniels and her friends at the somewhat defunct TCU (hopefully defunct because we at Keep Troy Strong helped kill it!) wish to politicize the boards. That is why the people that Janice Daniels nominates for city boards are usually completely unqualified in their skill sets, but wholly in agreement with her ideologically.
Whatever will she do if her buddies can't abuse the boards to support their ideology above the needs of the people of Troy?

10 comments:

  1. It was unbelieveable how hard Daniels, Fleming, and Henderson fought against ethics. They should be insisting on an ethical code of conduct because those on committees represent the city. They shouldn't be appointed to committees to tarnish our reputation, but that seems exactly like what Janice has been doing.

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  2. Mayor Daniels is so conflicted over the very notion of ethics that she can't even stomach the word. She wants to call the ethics policy a "mission statement". WTF?

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    1. I did not get that either. I am so frustrated with the fact that she campaigned as a business woman. Her remarks in that portion of the meeting were very revealing.

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    2. I suspect a simple minded word game in labeling it "a mission statement" rather than "code of ethics".

      Should there be (lol-when there is) an ethics violation, they intend to limit the argument to "a discussion of" or "dispute about" the "mission statement".

      I also believe that the only ethics the TCU gang is interested in following is their interpretation of what is in the constitution, the bible and whatever they learned from Professor Glen Beck and David Barton.

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  3. Rhonda HendricksonAugust 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    My first experience with the unethical behavior of individuals on city boards and commissions was during the Prop 1 millage. A mailer came out that listed at least 8 or so different boards as against the Prop 1 millage to save the library. I couldn't believe that, especially when I got a call from a member of a single board who was stunned by it. So, I called all that were listed to see if the board had discussed, voted and PASSED a resolution to state that as a body, they were against it.

    The answer from every single board was no. They had NOT passed a resolution against. Each board was very angry about their groups name being used and listed in that way. I didn't have time to see what ultimately happened within the individual boards, but I hope they took to task whichever person or persons felt free to add the boards name to that list without permission.
    So, if each board doesn't have a code of ethics of their own, then it is time for the city to roll up their sleeves and get this done. And it better have teeth. It is obvious in this community right now, people are not willing to rein themselves in and conduct themselves in an ethical way (fake proposals, false information, slurs). Some might be willing to ignore it, if the only outcome is a stern talking to.

    Enough dithering about it and parsing words. Otherwise, I think that those that speak and vote AGAINST a code of ethics, do so simply to not be held accountable to it. That speaks volumes and is not the kind of person I want representing any office or board in my city.

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  4. To be honest I only caught parts of the ethics discussion at last night's council meeting. But the parts I did catch were CM McGinnis referring to council using "common sense" in the future as to what was an ethics violation and how to deal with it, Mayor Daniels objecting to the kind of ethics code that employers give employees because after all, those serving on committees are volunteers, and if we had rules of conduct, who would sign up for serving on them?

    My opinion...make the ethics rules and consequences (you're off the committee, period) specific. I'm sure future volunteers will appreciate having what is a gray area for some spelled out. There should be no special interests, political or monetary, involved with any members of committees, and if this drives away some who may volunteer, it is all for the better. I also heard some discussion of attendance, and yes, that should be included in the code of conduct, if you are on a committee, you should be expected to be in attendance at a specified minimium number of meetings, otherwise you're off.

    I can't imagine the behavior of a committee member re the library as described above, it was not only unethical but crossing the boundary to criminial. I think I missed this part in last night's discussion, but did CM McGinnis propose that committes and boards as a body NOT be allowed to weigh in on ballot proposals at all...this sounds like a good idea.

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    1. A city employee is restricted regarding taking political positions on initiatives publicly on city time/business. As a private individual, they can do as they wish. This should be the same for city seated boards. BUT, the individual must be clear that they are not representing the board they are on in any way. If they violate that position or trust, then they should removed immediately.
      These boards are made up of citizens that are being appointed by council. It is easy to make a case that if there is a majority with an ideology and they seat like-thinkers, that boards could become shills for a particular agenda. It is critical that they can not use the entire body for their own political gain. Otherwise, Troy's boards' effectiveness will be forever questioned and diminished.

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  5. I note that a proclamation honoring the return of Cpl. Mark Daniels is on the September 10, City Council agenda. I truly appreciate his service; it's humbling that such young people would place themselves in harms way, sacrificing a significant portion of their youth and risking their lives to protect us and the freedom we enjoy. My question is, do all returning service members get a proclamation?
    Please don't think I'm against honoring our military veterans, I just wonder if this occurred just because his mother is Mayor?
    To Cpl. Daniels; thank you! To the Mayor; what about the others?

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    1. The answer to your questions are: (1) no, all returning service members do not get a proclamation, (2) yes, this only occurred because his mother is Mayor, and (3) Mayor Daniels doesn't care about the others.

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  6. Mayor Daniels has a great deal of distain for those who get salaries paid for with taxpayer dollars. I assume that when she expresses this distain she realizes that the men and women who protect and serve this nation, her son included, are paid with taxpayer dollars. Her hypocrisy is beyond belief. So which is it, they deserve proclamations or they deserve to be called looters?

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