"When I worked at Adirondack Correctional Facility I knew when a job was coming open," he said. "Of course I would tell my qualified friends and family about it."
The county hiring policy requires that county officials publicly disclose their relationships to any applicant for county employment.
Though for Palmer, the policy may be lacking something.
"What ours lacks is a provision that makes sure a department head is not directly supervising their relative," Palmer said.
For his part, Palmer said he has 11 staff working directly under him, and none of them are his relatives.
Douglas said that the ethics committee will not only include supervisors, but will include at least two citizen representatives from differing regions of the county.