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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012 S Five new members named to board pired. Mayor Jim Ford appointed By Henry J. Evans Jr. cases of public officials and some Charlotte Bastian, Diana Beebe, hevans@capegazette.com public emplwees accused ofvio- Mark Harris, Michael Krausz lating the city's code of conduct, and Carolyn Quinn to the board, Lewes is reestablishing its Lewes Mayor and City Council and all were approved. board of ethics nearly four years unanimously adopted a resolu- The Public Integrity Commis- after the state Public Integrity tion to appoint citizens to its sion hears and decides alleged Commission declined the city's ethics board at the panel's Nov. conduct code violations for con- request that the commission take 19 meeting, cerning state and municipal offi- over the board's duties. Over time, terms of all five cials that do not have an ethics The board hears and decides previous board members had ex- panel. To form an ethics board, state law requires municipalities to adopt a code of conduct that is at least as stringent as the state's and is approved by the Public In- tegrity Commission. Lewes has long been in compliance with the requirement. The city sought to eliminate its board because it rarely con- vened, asking the state commis- sion to take over the job. The commission responded more than three years ago,-in March 2009, that it has no au- thority to take back jurisdiction over a municipality that had pre- viously adopted an approved code of conduct and had estab- lished a board of ethics. Lewes' request to have the state reassume its ethics hearings was not without precedence. In 2002, New Castle County made the same request; the commis- sion said as a matter of law it had no authority to revert jurisdic- tion. Ford said in retrospect, Lewes will be better served having its own ethics panel. Milton council surprised by harassment claim Mayor opposes questioning of police budget By Nick Roth meeting, Police Chief William nick@capegazette.com Phillips said an officer was ac- cused of sleeping on the job and An assertion that the Milton a follow-up investigation deter- Town Council is under investiga- mined that was not the case. tion for continued harassment of "He was on surveillance," the town's police department has Phillips said. "It was brought to some town officials baffled, our attention, and we researched In an email sent to town coun- it and he was on surveillance of a cil members Sept. 24, Mayor Cliff wanted person." Newlands informed his col- Booros says he never reported leagues that an investigation an officer was sleeping on the would be completed by the po- job. lice department and possibly the Councilwoman Marion ]ones Attorney General's Office into said the timing of the email was the continued harassment of the suspect because it was just two police department, days before council was set to While the email did not name vote on the 2013 fiscal budget. anyone particular, Councilman Many council members, includ- John Booros said he believes it ing Jones, had been very critical was sparked by an interaction he of the budget, particularly police had with an officer while walking spending, in the weeks leading through town. up to the vote. He said he was taking a tally of When asked about continued each home's light bulbs for a harassment claim at the Nov. 5 pink light campaign during town council meeting, Newlands Breast Cancer Awareness Month said the council's ongoing scruff- in October. ny played a part in his allega- He said he passed police sever- tions. al times on his five-mile walk, "I think every time we're try- but never reported that an officer ing to take $200 out of a $10,000 was misbehaving. [line item], it's just harassment to At the Nov. 5 town council these guys,"he said. YULETIDE SAVINGS AT OUR CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE UNIQUE BOUTIQUES - HOME OF 30 SHOPS SANTA KNOWS DOOR PRIZES EVERY HOURI WHERE TO SHOP! YULETIDE BEVERAGES. VENDORS WITH UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS BOUTIOUESI READY & WAITING, HOLIDAY HOURS GIFT WRAPPING MON'SAT 9-5 AVAILABLE FREE SAT.. 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