Concerns raised over Ethics Board re-appointment procedure

The Essex County Board of Supervisors

The Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Board Chair and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said he felt that the Ethics Board needed consistency in its infancy, along with prompting the strengths of Shmulsky.

“I have met with the Ethics Committee a couple of times over the last few year and they have put a lot of time and effort into this,” Douglas said. “I am not saying that there isn’t someone out there willing to do it but again he is an attorney. It takes a while for them to get up to speed on the rules and regulations of the Ethics Committee so I would say that I think it is in our best interest right now to stick with the recommendation of Mr. (Michael) Orticelle.”

Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said he felt that eventually there would be advertised positions but for now, the best option was to re-appoint.

“I think our thought as we went through this was that these would be advertised in the future but the first couple, because they were only going to be there a year or two years, would be reappointments,” Connell said. “I do agree as we go down the line that these need to be advertised, but I think for the first couple of years as we are getting into the full terms for people, I am going to support this reappointment.”

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said she felt the recommendation of the committee chair was the key.

“In our town, we always take the recommendation seriously of the chairman of a committee,” Bartley said.

Douglas said that in the future, the county would look into advertising upcoming vacancies on the board, but would not for this one.

“As we move forward maybe it is in our best interest to advertise the next time a vacancy comes up,” Douglas said. “I really don’t think it is in our best interest to do that at this particular time.”

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