Let's say you're a professional who wants to give something back to
your community by serving on a city board or commission. You open up
the newspaper and read that your mayor is saying, "It is not the
five of us commissioners who make the city great. It's the citizens
who are passionate about it, and now we're telling them, 'Sorry you
Or the mayor is saying, "On certain boards we require professional
experience. With what is now required by the Ethics Commission,
these same professionals are feeling they can't run the risk of
making a mistake and being possibly thrown in jail."
Suddenly, sitting on a nonprofit board looks really good, at least
in Palm Beach County, where many municipal officials have opposed the new ethics code.