Ethics Commission Holds County Employees Responsible
POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 9:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:07pm
EL PASO — El Pasoans are yet again questioning the ethics of their elected leaders.
Last weeks' arrest of former County Commissioner Willie Gandara Jr. has again cast El Paso in a negative light.
El Paso County Human Resource Director Betsy Keller says the ethics commission is making sure every county employee signs an ethics code.
Keller says ethical conduct by county workers is a top priority.
"Ethics are very important. I think it's the work of this ethics commission. They are taking it to a level even besides what is required by law,” said Keller.
Keller says 98 percent of county workers have signed an ethics code. The other two percent are on long-term leave, including members of the military.
"Our department heads and elected officials are very compliant with ethics in all of our requests. It is very rare that we have situations where someone is not willing to comply with this ethics code,” said Keller.
El Paso County Ethics Commission Chairman, James Clair says the law requires public officials to meet an ethical standard.
"It lets the people in our community know that there is someone who is concerned about them and someone who is watching out for them. And that if they want to file a complaint, there is a mechanism in place for them to file a complaint,” said Clair.
The El Paso County Ethics Commission wants your help drafting a new ethics code for the county.
You can give your input during their monthly meeting.
1ST Thursday of Every Month
Begins at 3:00pm
County Courthouse- 3rd Floor
County Judge’s Conference Room
500 E. San Antonio Street