Please Note: Due to the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting will be held on a virtual platform. To participate in the meeting, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/EthicsCommZoom
If you wish to provide written testimony on any agenda item, please send it to Lena Grant at [email protected].
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- Approval of October 27, 2020 Meeting Agenda
- Approval of Minutes – Meeting of August 25, 2020
- Report of Financial Disclosure Statement Review Subcommittee
a. Report from 2019 Financial Disclosure Statements subcommittee on their review of items on selected FDSs identified at the August 25, 2020 meeting and discussion.
b. Presentation and discussion on any changes for the upcoming 2020 Financial Disclosure Statement Form that Commissioners or Staff may wish to recommend.
- Other Business
a. The Laurel Ethics Commission warmly welcomes the return of Mr. Dennis Whitley, III, Esq. in serving as the Commission's Counsel.
b. Other business that may be raised by Commissioners or Staff
- Announcement of next meeting date – January 26, 2021
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The Ethics Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. Chairman James Hester read a statement regarding the Ethics Commission meeting being held in a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Roll was called with the following Commissioners present: Chairman Hester, Vice Chair Maxene Bardwell, and Ms. Toni Drake. Also, present Dennis Whitley, Ethics Commission Legal Counsel, William Goddard, City Administrator, and Lena Grant, Administrative Assistant II. Mr. Kole joined the meeting after it had started.
On a motion by Commissioner Drake seconded by Vice Chair Bardwell, the agenda for the meeting was approved on a voice call vote.
On a motion by Commissioner Drake and seconded by Chairman Hester, the meeting minutes of August 25, 2020 were approved as amended on a voice call vote.
Chairman Hester asked Vice Chair Bardwell to report on the Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) findings on the selected FDS’s identified at the August 25, 2020 meeting.Vice Chair Bardwell stated that Patrick Davis submitted a correct 2019 FDS. She added she saw no conflict with Arts Council Kelsey Eustace’s FDS.
Chairman Hester asked Ms. Bardwell to get clarification on Ms. Eustace’s part-time employment and determine if there is any City support, and clarification on Mr. Dwyer’s employment and if there is any conflict. Mr. Hester stated it is okay for Ms. Bardwell, as Vice Chair to advise on whether there needs to be further discussion on these matters.
In response to Commissioner Drake, Ms. Grant stated that Mr. Mitchell did turn in his FDS in the specific time frame.
Mr. Whitley advised there is no conflict with Sergeant Conyngham’s role on the Board of Trustees and the FOP as Sergeant Conyngham would not gain any special information and what information he would gain would be open to the public.
All the Commissioners concurred with Mr. Whitley’s advice and accepted Sergeant Conyngham’s FDS.
Minor edits were suggested to the Annual Simplified Financial Disclosure Statement and the Annual Mandatory Financial Disclosure Statement.Ms. Grant will make those edits.
In response to Chairman Hester, the Commissioners agreed to use the existing annual letter in reference to gifts without any changes except for the date.Ms. Grant will send the letter to City Employees.
Mr. Hester welcomed Mr. Whitley back as the Ethics Commission Legal Counsel.
Mr. Goddard thanked the Commission for all their hard work.
At the direction of Chairman Hester, the FDS subcommittee will advise if further discussion is needed on the remaining FDS questions before the next scheduled meeting on January 26, 2021.
With no other business before the Commission, on a motion by Vice Chair Bardwell, seconded by Commissioner Drake, the meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.
Administrative Assistant II