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City ethics adviser needs to be fired

EthicsPublic OfficialsBernard C. Young

I suggest that Comptroller Joan Pratt, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have a talk with their appointed members on the Ethics Board and ask them to vote for termination of Avery Aisenstark for his disregard of the requirements of his office that he is charged to uphold which includes the avoidance of "appearance of a conflict of interest." ("City ethics director does legal work on county zoning battle," Nov. 1)

The city ethics law is intended "[t]o guard against improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence, and to ensure public trust in the government." To that end, the ethics law:

•sets ethical standards on the conduct of all city officials and employees as necessary or appropriate to prevent a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict

•requires city officials and high-level employees, within six months of appointment, to undergo formal training in the requisites of the ethics law and sign and to submit a conflicts affidavit;

•requires city officials and specified employees to file annual financial disclosure statements, open to public inspection, and

•requires legislative- and executive-branch lobbyists to file registration statements and periodic activity reports, open to public inspection.

If he Mr. Aisenstark a federal employee, he would immediately be fired. I guess it's OK to disregard and ignore your duties in Baltimore City where there must be a lower standard of conduct.

I would like to know what action city officials are taking.

Roger Campos

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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