Last week I highlighted the story of two Adams County commissioners on the take from the owner of a company with $12 million in no-bid county government contracts. I’ve since discovered another local blogger, who has offered some strong, unsolicited advice to commissioners Skip Fischer and Alice Nichol:
Accepting a contribution from the beneficiary of the no-bid contract creates, at the least, an appearance of graft.
If you aren’t going to do your job properly, at the minimum you, should act shocked that it happened, promise to get to the bottom of it and take the appropriate punitive and corrective actions. And make it completely obvious that you do not benefit in any way from the misdeed. Colluding with another Commissioner on stonewalling and keeping the money only make both look worse.
The Commissioner’s Mom’s should have told them this, but I guess we will have to do it for them. At this point resignation AND returning the money would be the only way to restore anyone’s trust. That, and a thorough independent investigation.
The only way to get rid of these fleas is to come clean, don’t you think?
All the more reason for government contracting reform.
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