[Note: I have made changes throughout this blog post, based on a February 25 e-mail message from the COG executive director]
It should feel good when a pet idea of yours becomes a reality.
My pet idea is the regional ethics program, whose biggest
successes have been of the countywide variety, such as Miami-Dade
County and Palm Beach County, FL (there is also a Broward County
program, but it is run by an inspector general). There are a few
regional ethics commissions in Kentucky, and one in
Northwest Indiana, but they don't really have ethics programs.
I'm sad to say that I do not feel good about the creation of the Southeastern Connecticut
Council of Governments
Regional Ethics Commission.
One good thing about it is that it was formed in a different manner than
the others. It was formed by a council of governments (COG), which
is the body by which local governments in Connecticut cooperate in
such areas as conservation, development, transportation, and
emergency management. The COG in southeastern CT consists of 20 cities, towns, and
boroughs, with a total population of around 250,000. No county is involved, because Connecticut has no county governments.