I will say it if no one else will: I have been disappointed with our new chairman. First he decides that he wants to turn our county into a police state, then he votes to keep the Red Rabbit, and now he wants to help out the gardeners in the county.
Now, I’m sure the Master Gardners are great people and I am sure that they do a great service for the county. The issue here is that Mr. Ethical says:
“Public office is a trust created for the benefit of the people, based on moral integrity, principles, and values. Commissioners have a duty to disclose material facts and have an obligation to each citizen. Each commissioner must be free from the taint of self-interest, bias, or undisclosed conflicts of interest.“
But, Mr. Ethical does something different. Here is a question, does offering a discount to an organization that your wife belongs to deserve some disclosure? The Chairman brought up in his commission time a motion to cut the fees charged to the Master Gardners by over half without ever mentioning that his wife would be one of the beneficiaries.
I guess we should have known that the Chairman would take care of his wife. If I am reading his Bio correctly, the Chairman married Mrs. Master Gardner back in the late 70’s, was elected to Sheriff in 1980 and then hired his wife to work for him in 1981! I wonder if he made a disclosure back in 1981?