Tallahassee City Commission Reviews Ethics Recommendations

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL -- Integrity Florida's team of Government watchdogs Dan Krassner and Ben Wilcox looked over and applauded the newly released ethics advisory recommendations. An ethics advisory panel will present the findings to the Tallahassee city commission at Wednesday night's commission meeting.

"The panel themselves really did a great job looking at communities around Florida, having an inclusive process, to look at how Tallahassee as a city could stand out and have a much higher ethical standard," said Integrity Florida executive director Dan Krassner.

The commission appointed panel came up with a 21 page report with dozens of recommendations including having the city adopt a comprehensive code of ethics applying to all city employees. They also recommended appointing an ethics officer as an intermediary between officials and the public.

"I have no problem with an ethics officer we have to determine where and how that ethics officer is determined. Certainly having an ethics officer of some type within the city does make some sense in terms of advising commissioners, advising staff," said Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.

Marks was quick to point out that no city commissioner has been found guilty of ethics advisory in Tallahassee's history. When asked if he was alarmed about more transparency, Mayor Marks replied "I think the people should know, and there should be more transparency."

City commissioners will vote to accept all or some of the recommendations at Wednesday's city commission meeting.

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