Shared Ethics Advisory Commission gains three new members

2013-08-14T17:30:00Z 2013-08-14T22:35:24Z Shared Ethics Advisory Commission gains three new membersLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Three governmental entities recently joined the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

Representatives of Hobart, Lowell and LaPorte County attended Wednesday’s commission meeting at Munster Town Hall.

Pastor Jamie Ward, of Suncrest Christian Church, was introduced as the newly appointed representative for Hobart. Ward and his family recently moved to Hobart from Cincinnati.

Marcia Carlson is the representative from Lowell.

Charles Oberlie, former mayor of Michigan City and a member of the LaPorte County Economic Development Alliance, represents LaPorte County on the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

Commission President Cal Bellamy announced Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said her city would join the ethics commission by September.

The first ethics training session for full-time East Chicago employees is set for Aug. 27 and 29, Bellamy said.

Ethics training for members of boards and commissions in member governmental entities will be Sept. 30 at Teibel’s Restaurant.

The commission also discussed scheduling a Train the Trainer session for new commission members and current trainers. October was suggested as a possible date. Hobart, Lowell and LaPorte County have designated employees who will be assigned as trainers.

Developed in 2005, the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is a volunteer group whose mission is to provide ethics training for governmental employees in communities and counties that join the commission. Membership is open to municipalities and county governments in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

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