Update October 7, 2013 (see below)
On Independence Day weekend, I like to focus on the independence of
local government ethics programs. The public naturally trusts any
ethics program that has not been selected by the officials under its
jurisdiction. An EC that is not dependent on the
appointment and budgetary powers of a mayor or local legislative
body can function, and be seen to function, fairly and without bias.
Savannah is a city of 140,000 people, certainly...