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Sen. Mike Carrell files bill to change ethics investigations

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
December 15, 2011 12:27 pm

Carrell has been the chief agitator of the Department of Corrections over a case in which the Executive Ethics Board found cause to believe an administrator committed ethics violations by managing nonprofit groups on the job.

Corrections staff conducted an internal investigation first, which Carrell said shouldn’t be allowed for a top administrator. The measure introduced today by the Lakewood Republican would require an independent investigation.

The ethics board has few employees and has argued it can’t take on full investigations without more money from the Legislature.

Carrell’s bill also called for termination of employees who commit serious violations.

Here are two of the relevant parts:

Agency staff may assist ethics board staff in carrying out the investigation, but in all cases ethics board staff must oversee the investigation. Agency staff with actual or apparent conflicts of interest because of a relationship with the persons under investigation must disclose this relationship. Should the ethics board determine that there is a conflict of interest that may affect the investigation, the agency shall designate an independent employee with no conflict of interest to assist the ethics board with its investigation.

And:

In cases where an ethics board makes specific findings that it designates a serious violation, a state employee who has made such a serious violation shall be terminated by the agency

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