Westerly voters to decide fate of local ethics commission

August 8, 2018

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Voters in one Rhode Island town will decide this November whether or not to have a local ethics commission.

The Westerly Town Council voted 6-1 to send a question to voters for consideration, asking if the local ethics commission should be removed from the town charter. The Westerly Sun reports the council reasons all town employees are already subject to the state Ethics Commission, making the local commission redundant.

Councilor Jean Gagnier voted against the charter question, saying he preferred that the council appoint a Charter Revision Commission to study them.

Voters approved a charter amendment that required the council to develop a municipal code of ethics and a municipal ethics commission by ordinance in 2016 — but the commission has never met.


Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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