“It’s important to me that this is not rushed,” County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said. “It’s important to me that everyone has a chance to speak into it and say what they want to say. It’s important to me that the language is correct and that supervisors feel comfortable with it.”
Although Supervisor Matt Letourneau said he looked forward to working on the pledge in committee, he said ethics is “what we all make of it as individuals.” Letourneau is the chairman of the finance committee.
“There was a lot made of the fact that the last board didn’t do an ethics pledge, but in reality, when there was an issue related to ethics that came before the board, we took the strongest action allowed under the law, and then we went down to Richmond to have the law changed and make it stronger,” Letourneau said. “And that was operating without a pledge.”
Randall’s motion to send the ethics pledge to committee was approved unanimously, with the expectation that the policy be returned to the full board at the first meeting in February.