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Laurel Ethics Commission

Virtual Meeting by Zoom


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

6:00 P.M.

If you wish to provide written testimony on any agenda item, you may send by mail to the Laurel Municipal Center or email to Laura Christoplos at [email protected].


  1. Call to Order
  1. Introduction and Welcome to Executive Officer and City Administrator, Christian L. Pulley, CPM
  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of April 26, 2022, Meeting Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes of the meeting of January 25, 2022
  4. General Public Hearing
  5. Annual Election of Commission Chair and Vice Chair
  6. 2020 Financial Disclosure Statements
    1. Status of Statements Received
    2. Appointment of Financial Disclosure Statements Review Sub-Committee
  1. Other Business
  1. Announcement of next meeting date
  2. Adjournment


Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Virtual Meeting via Zoom


The Ethics Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman James Hester.  Roll was called with the following Commissioners present: Chairman Hester, Vice Chair Bardwell, Commissioners Drake, Scaggs, Dahms and Alternate Crook.  Also, present Dennis Whitley, Ethics Commission Legal Counsel, Joanne Barr, Deputy City Administrator, and Laura Christoplos, Administrative Assistant II. 


Former City Administrator Lou Ann Crook was introduced and welcomed as the new Alternate on the Commission.


On a motion by Vice Chair Bardwell, seconded by Commissioner Dahms the agenda for the January 25, 2022, meeting was unanimously approved.


On a motion by Commissioner Dahms, seconded by Commissioner Scaggs, the meeting minutes of July 20, 2021, were approved as amended.


No members of the public were present to address the Commission.


Delivery options for the 2021 Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS) were discussed, along with whether there needed to be a paper notification sent via US Postal Service if the FDS were sent by email.


Counsel was of the opinion that we should send a paper notification this year, as well as email and allow participants to opt in or out of getting the paper notification in the future. Chair Hester agreed.


No edits were suggested for either the Advanced FDS or the Simplified FDS.


Per Chair Hester’s request, staff looked at whether some senior officials (City Administrator, Police Chief) needed to fill out the Advanced form. For the past five years, only elected officials, candidates for elected office, and former elected officials have filled out the Advanced FDS. Staff requested the opinion of Executive Officer Pulley about the requirements in the City code.


Chair Hester asked that the general instructions and definitions that are included in the Simplified FDS be included with the Advanced FDS as well.


On a motion by Vice Chair Bardwell, seconded by Commissioner Scaggs, the changes discussed above were passed by unanimous voice vote.


Commissioner Drake volunteered to serve on the subcommittee to review the FDS. Since there were no other volunteers, the issue was set aside till the next meeting.


Chair Hester made the offer on behalf of the Commission to offer an Ethics briefing to anyone who is covered by the Ethics Ordinance. The invitation was conveyed to the Mayor’s office and the Clerk’s office, and two of the Council members were interested in attending.


It was announced that elections would be held at the next meeting.


There was no additional business raised by Commissioners or staff.


Commissioner Crook suggested sending a letter, rather than a postcard, and the rest of the Commissioners agreed.


Next meeting was scheduled for April 26, 2022, at 6:00 pm by zoom.


At 6:47 pm, Vice Chair Bardwell made the motion to adjourn, Commission Scaggs seconded, all present agreed.

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