In regards to passage of the local law known as the Sullivan County Ethics Law, the message is clear. We are committed to ensuring public trust in government by the people we serve. However, make no mistake, by passage of this Ethics Law, we are not attempting to discourage anyone from serving on county boards for the betterment of the residents of Sullivan County.
What we are saying is, there is a new direction in the way of conducting business in county government and the message we are sending out is that we welcome and encourage participation in county government. All are welcome to serve in [their] capacity as a business person, an accountant, an attorney, etc. as long as said business receives no personal or financial gain.
Will one serving need to examine their motive for serving? Yes. Will one serving need to ensure that they receive no financial gain? Yes. The message is clear. By increasing accountability and closing loopholes, we are working to ensure public trust and confidence in government.
Cindy Kurpil Gieger
Sullivan County Legislator