Monday, October 1, 2007

Two-in-One Deal or Ethics Violation?

From today's lead editorial in The Indianapolis Star:

"When is Monroe Gray the community relations officer for the Indianapolis Fire Department and when is he president of the City-County Council?

"The answer, he says, is always. And that's a good thing, he and his boss, Fire Chief James Greeson, insist. It's a two-in-one deal for residents who want interaction with, and action from, city government.

"That's one way to look at it. A more discerning way is to consider the casualness with which a powerful elected official mixes his jobs.

"Having public employees in public office, serving in effect as their own paymasters, is a perilous practice...."

These ethics questions aren't going away anytime soon. Deal with it, Indy!

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