There is a great deal to be learned from the selection process for
the new District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government
Accountability, which is effectively complete. Three weeks ago, I
about the nomination of Robert Spagnoletti to be
chair of the new ethics board. I questioned this nomination of a
former D.C. Attorney General (that is, city attorney), who had
represented many high-level officials, and a present attorney who
regularly represents clients seeking benefits from the District
government. I also questioned the view of so many officials, as well
as the press and good government organizations, that a former
prosecutor makes an ideal ethics commission member.
When asked by the chair of a council committee to give testimony at
a public hearing on Monday of this week, I thought further about
this nomination and worked with Kathleen Clark, former special
counsel to the current D.C. Attorney General, on what turned out to
be an op-ed piece for the Washington Post
, which appeared on Sunday
(attached; see below).
This post will put what I learned from this process into a guide to
the ethics commission selection process.