NEW ALBANY —
Ethics commission could meet this month
Councilman John Gonder said the fifth appointment to the New Albany Ethics Commission was made a few days before Christmas, and the body could convene as early as this month to begin forming its bylaws. The commission was established by the council in August, and is charged with reviewing complaints regarding city government proceedings.
The five appointments to the board were made by area business and community leaders who were authorized by the council through the legislation to make the selections.
After the body convenes, they have 60 days to form their bylaws.
“They should meet quite a few times I’d think during that first two-month period, then it would be on an as-needed basis,” Gonder said.
The commission likely will receive a complaint from local business owner Randy Smith over the firing of former New Albany Urban Enterprise Zone Association Executive Director Mike Ladd. The UEZ board voted to fire Ladd in March, and Smith has accused New Albany Economic Development Director David Duggins of acting unethically in a list of 10 allegations he submitted to the News and Tribune in September.
Duggins made the request to the UEZ board to fire Ladd, and stated at the time the former executive director had paid bills without the board’s approval.
Among the allegations, Smith accused Duggins of “false and defamatory” statements against Ladd.
In a statement to the News and Tribune in October, Duggins stated “I am thankful that we have an ethics commission to handle issues such as these, and I look forward [to] meeting with them if they deem it necessary.”
Smith has stated he will proceed with filing the complaint once the ethics commission is seated.
So you know
• The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the third-floor Assembly Room of the City-County Building.