Kennesaw Board of Ethics tables talk of bullying
by Ricky Leroux
July 30, 2014 12:41 AM | 1976 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — Although the Kennesaw Board of Ethics plans to submit a revised version of the city’s ethics code to the city clerk later this week, it will contain no language about “bullying” or “intimidation.”

At a specially called meeting, the board decided to table the topic until their next regularly scheduled meeting in November.

James Walth, the board’s chairman, said the board decided to hold off on including the language for two reasons. First, he said the language they received regarding the topic was “too vague.”

Walth said if the board put the wrong kind of language regarding bullying into the code of ethics, they would be “inundated with ethics calls just because of personality issues between people.”

Second, Walth said revising the language in order to incorporate it into the revised code of ethics would take too long. The board has been working on the revisions for three years, he said, and they were hoping to submit the revisions to the city this week.

“If we started right now to try to incorporate some form of language (about bullying) in our current revised that we’re trying to get to the city council for approval, it would probably be another year,” he said.

During the meeting, board member Eric Dec questioned whether the bullying language needed to be included in the revised code of ethics at all.

“I look at the code of ethics as … taking our code and making it so that members of the government authority have clear guidance as to what would be a conflict of interest,” he said. “And we have in there the policies, the procedures, the due process for them violating that. Now, if we’re going to expand that, then that’s fine. But I’m just not sure we need to.”

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Interesting Points
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July 30, 2014
If you read alleged e-mails sent to the above-mentioned blogger, you would realize bullying does exist and should be addressed.
Bill in Kennesaw
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July 30, 2014
This past Sunday I emailed to the entire Ethics Board to suggest that they make sure that: "When your Ethics review is finalized I hope that usage of City resources for private benefit will be fully addressed and incorporated into the new regulations."

This is a follow up to my earlier complaint to the entire City Council over the Kennesaw mayor having obligated the City for at least $1,055 for a cease and desist letter (never served) in an attempt to limit my commenting on his activities.

Details on the issue are found at: http://mayormathews.blogspot.com/
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