Shared Ethics Advisory Commission
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners' office has a board position that needs to be filled in October.
Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or experience the fallout of any number of tragedies induced by lives of crime.
The Town of Ogden Dunes is joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
Chesterton is the first Porter County municipality to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. Others should quickly follow suit.
Many Northwest Indiana politicians on Tuesday's ballot have promised to promote better ethics in local government.
It's sad when public officials must show their willingness to do the right thing by signing toothless documents promising they won't act like conniving, entitled thieves and will train their underlings to avoid such behaviors.
Yet another elected official in Northwest Indiana walked into the federal courthouse in Hammond wearing shackles Thursday. It is, sadly, a familiar story.
Lake County government is now alone in declining to pay for ethics training for employees. That's shameful. Porter and LaPorte counties have already committed to joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
Candidates for municipal and county office have been asked to sign this ethics action pledge put forth by the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
We're glad to see the Porter County commissioners vote to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. That's just one step toward participating, however. We urge Porter County to complete the other steps.
"It's what you learn when you know it all that counts."
Two events this week show Northwest Indiana isn't satisfied with the status quo. It's moving forward, and everyone should get on board with these two movements.
Candidates for public office in Northwest Indiana this year are being asked to sign an ethics action pledge. It's one of two important symbols of their commitment to ethical behavior they should sign. The other is to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
Seeking to create what its president, Cal Bellamy, calls "an ethical culture" in the region, the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is asking local candidates to sign an ethics action pledge.
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The new Lake County surveyor should focus on the office's main priorities and do as much as possible to remove politics from that office.
It was some eight years ago when it seemed government across Northwest Indiana – particularly Lake County – had reached an ethical low.
I suspect Santa will have forgotten to deliver some gifts today. I’ll help him out with presents to the following:
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til has signed a guilty plea, saving the taxpayers the cost of a trial and prompting yet another discussion about ethics in government and government reform.
Does anyone in local government care -- really care -- about ethics? That’s a fair question, and the answer might surprise you. I am pleased to report more than 2,500 people are involved in promoting ethics in local government right here in Northwest Indiana.
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