The city’s Ethics Commission is a toothless tiger. It does relatively nothing. But now the city will require annual ethics training for city employees. Why now? Sometimes it’s best to maintain appearances. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the question:
The city will require annual ethics training within City Hall–a decade after Mayor Joseph P. Ganim’s conviction on federal corruption charges had officials pledging to raise the standards for Bridgeport’s conduct of business.
“It certainly is about time there was standardized annual ethics training for all city employees,” said Jeff Kohut, a Democrat and one-time mayoral candidate who served on the city’s Ethics Commission from 2005 to 2010.
But Kohut and others argue the ethics code and commission are so powerless as to render any training meaningless.
In fact, efforts to strengthen the commission post-Ganim have petered out. The mostly defunct five-member group was increased to seven members, with new appointees added to reassure skeptics someone was watching City Hall.
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