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UPDATE: WV Gov. Tomblin appoints new members to ethics commission

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced June 30 the appointment of new members to the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Several members were re-appointed while some were replaced. The positions will take effect July 1, according to a news release from Tomblin.

Several members of the commission were not re-appointed. The shuffling comes after the controversial firing of the executive director, Joan Parker. 

Former members who were not re-appointed include: Kemp Morton - Chairperson, Drema Radford and The Rev. Father Douglas Sutton.

Appointments made by the governor to go into effect July 1 are: Bob Wolfe, Karen Disibbio, Suzan Singleton, Mike Greer, 
Terry Walker, Larry Tweel, Monte Williams, Jack Buckalew and Betty Ireland.

Original Story:

The West Virginia Ethics Commission discussed the hiring of a new executive director June 12.

The meeting was a follow up to a previous meeting where former executive director, Joan Parker, was fired after an hour-long executive session.

Seven people attended the meeting, with several members of the commission joining via telephone, and only four members in person.

At the meeting June 12, the commission gave the current chairman, Kemp Morton, the ability to hire a new executive director.

“I think all we need to say is the commission gives the chairman of the board the authority to hire an interim director without any time limit,” said former secretary of state and current commissioner, Betty Ireland.

Morton alluded to the fact the person might not be a candidate for the position of executive director; however, it was unclear if that would remain true.

Parker, before being terminated, told the commission she would leave with her head held high.

“I have dedicated my efforts to maintaining the integrity of the Ethics Commission and have done everything within my power, even when it was unpopular, to promote compliance with the ethics act.”

The Rev. Douglas Sutton, a commissioner, said the commission is being reconstituted and there was no reason given in the termination of Parker because she was an employee at will.

Also, the board discussed if the employee handbook explained the duties of a position on the ethics board.

“If you’re employed by this agency how do you know what your rights are?” added Ireland.

The commission also discussed going into an executive session to talk about a candidate for the position Parker left vacant, but it was determined that because it was not on the agenda it couldn’t be done.

Morton said, by phone, he might email the members the candidate he has in mind for the position. However, he said he wanted to keep their identity private for now — because they haven’t accepted.

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