Brushing Up On Government Ethics

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Wood County government workers and elected officials Monday got a refresher course in government ethics.

The executive director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission covered issues ranging from conflicts of interest to public meetings requirements.

She says there is no one common ethics violation among public officials.

"I think the greatest challenge is that when people are elected to a government position, it may be their first time in government," says Theresa Kirk, the commission's executive director. "And they may not realize that there may be these strict limitations in the ethics act. So, through our outreach efforts, we are trying to get the word out that we are trying to help them, and the citizens, by helping their elected officials."

While the meeting was in Parkersburg, elected leaders and employees came from as far away as Jackson County, including recently-elected Ravenswood Mayor Michael Ehle.

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