CHESTERTON | The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission president is welcoming this town's decision to join its training program.
The Town Council voted this week to join the volunteer organization, formed in 2005, to advise public officials and employees on the best practices in ethical decision-making.
Calvin Bellamy, the ethics panel president, said, "As our first Porter County member, Chesterton is demonstrating quality-of-life leadership and we hope other Porter County communities will follow this fine example."
Chesterton Town Manager Bernie Doyle stated in a written release: "We are committed to providing our employees superlative ethics training and in doing so, raise the standard of professional municipal conduct to those we serve. We look forward to being part of the growing family of Northwest Indiana municipalities and organizations dedicated to the highest public service."
Other members of the ethics commission include: LaPorte County government and nine communities in Lake County: Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Highland, Lowell, Munster, Schererville and Whiting.
Bellamy said Porter County government is joining as well.
Earlier this spring, the commission received pledges from 121 Lake, Porter and LaPorte candidates in the May primary to sign a commitment that if they are elected, they will sponsor ethics training for their staffs, approve an ethics policy and advocate for whistle-blower protection for employees who report ethics violations.