Carroll approves new ethics code


The Carroll County commissioners approved a new ethics code yesterday that will give the county a six-member ethics commission and a more detailed blueprint for investigating suspected ethics violations.

The policy was produced by a task force appointed in March.

The Carroll commissioners called for changes in the code after disbanding the previous ethics panel, which they accused of conducting political "witch hunts" against several people, including Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge.

The commissioners approved the new ethics policy, to go into effect this week, one day after State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli released his report on ethics allegations against Gouge, clearing the commissioner of criminal wrongdoing.

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