Valpo ethics panel promotes education

2013-09-10T21:00:00Z 2013-09-10T23:33:03Z Valpo ethics panel promotes educationSUSAN EMERY Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 10, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's Ethics Commission is preparing to meet with city department heads as part of its ongoing ethics education program.

The five-member panel met Tuesday at City Hall to plan for a meeting with about 15 to 20 department leaders, who would then share the information with their staff.

Chair Dorothy Bass said the goal is to create a “culture of awareness” and educate employees about guidelines of the city's ethics ordinance.

Adopted in 2006, the ordinance provides elected officials and agents of the city with guidelines for ethical behavior in dealing with employees, vendors and the community.

The ordinance addresses fairness in hiring and supervision, gifts and honorariums, the use of public property and conflicts of interest, among other things.

Commission members also expressed interest in educating employees about the panel's purpose and responsibilities, which include investigating complaints and making recommendations.

Valparaiso City Administrator Bill Oeding, who serves as ethics officer for the group, said he has simplified the procedure for making a complaint.

In other business, commission member Jim Spanopoulos, who represents Porter Health System, announced he is resigning because he is moving to another part of Porter County and will no longer reside in Valparaiso.

The panel agreed to ask Porter Hospital to appoint another member, and wished Spanopoulos well.

“We're sorry to lose you, but thanks for all you've done,” Bass said.

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