Ethics board members named

ELIZABETHTOWN-Out of the 27 applicants, the committee overseeing the creation of the Essex County Board of Ethics has selected the five county residents who will be charged with the formation of the new panel.

The names, Ken Doyle of Au Sable Forks; Phyllis Klein of Willsboro; Alexander Shmulsky of Ticonderoga and Putnam; Michael Orticelle of Saranac Lake; and Frank Kearns of Jay, will be voted on by the full Essex County Board of Supervisors at its April 4 meeting after passing through the Ways and Means Committee March 28.

"The candidates were all excellent," said County Attorney Daniel Manning, who helped lead the interview process. "There was not a weak one in the bunch. The vetting process was thorough, and we went through great pains to come up with a board that would be fair."

Manning said that there were some restrictions on the naming of the board, including how many people from one political party could be represented.

"You could have no more than two members of one party on the board, so we came up with a board that has two Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent," Manning said.

The alternate for the ethics board was proposed as James Herrmann of Westport.

Manning said that once the names are accepted by the board, there would be some time needed for training and policy institution.

"There is plenty of work still to be done,' Manning said. "We will have to go through policy and procedures and get some education on those things for the members. Then, away we will go with some good, quality people."

County board chairman Randy Douglas said that he hopes to get the board together soon after they are approved to start the learning process.

"I think that we should have them ready to start by early May," Douglas said. "I am sure that Dan will want them to be up to par on everything before they start."

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