Commissioner Responds To County Ethics Commission Member's Resignation

Commissioner Responds To County Ethics Commission Member's Resignation
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POSTED: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:21pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:24pm

EL PASO - One day after a member of the County Ethics Commission resigned, we are hearing from elected leaders.

Commissioner Dan Haggerty spoke to us over the phone from Austin. He says Attorney Stuart Leeds resignation from the Ethics Commission may be more for show than actual concern. Leeds announced his resignation from the commission yesterday citing ethical reasons.

As it stands, the Ethics Commission is represented by the County Attorney, but Leeds argues that's a conflict of interest. Commissioner Dan Haggerty said Leeds concern was warranted, and that is why the county sought an opinion from the State. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled in his opinion that it is the duty of the County Attorney to represent the Ethics Commission. However, Abbott said the County Attorney advising the Ethics Commission is a matter not clearly defined in Texas law.

Commissioner Haggerty said since the Attorney General has already ruled, Leeds resignation will be just another setback for an Ethics Commission that's never been fully functional.

We are working to hear from other County Commissioners. If they respond, you will hear from them tonight at 5, 6 and 10pm!

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