Cunningham proposes new draconian ethics policy
At the working meeting on November 4th, James Cunningham followed through on a vague reference in the October 21st legislative meeting regarding a revised ethics policy.
- Ban from participation from any political activity
- Ban from contribution to any party or organization which “supports or sponsors” candidates for office in Media
- Ban from participating in any activity (publicly advocating a position, signing a petition) which promotes or opposes any political issue:
- for the commission they serve on, or
- involves candidates for election to political offices within Media
- Ban from participating within any political party which supports any candidates in Borough elections
- Ban from involvement in any public forums of Borough government agencies to oppose or advocate for a political party
The document then outlines a policy which applies to “Appointed Officials” of boards, commissions or committees and contracted professional service professionals must:
- Refrain from active political participation within Media Borough, and
- Abstain from voting on issues which would be a conflict of interest
The document concludes by stating that violation of these guidelines would be penalized by a warning, suspension from their position, and finally termination.
Stay tuned for comments from Borough Council members and political party leaders!