Pittsburgh’s hunt for a police chief drawing to a close

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  community, Ethics, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Map by City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Pittsburgh’s drawn-out process to find a new chief of police – since the last one is now in federal prison – is nearly complete. After community meetings, a screening committee is now reviewing applications and the selection should be made by the end of September.

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‘Chris Christie slept here’ is state secret in New Jersey

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

“Chris Christie slept here” is not a historical marker. It’s a state secret in New Jersey, according to the governor’s lawyers. The attorney general’s office is trying to block release of records that identify which hotels Gov. Christie stayed while traveling on state business at taxpayers’ expense

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Conflicting rules create ethics conundrum for mortuary inspector

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services

Pennsylvania mortuary inspector caught up in conflicting regulations that left her at odds with the ethics commission. Why hiring practices need to conform to specific fields, to prevent these issues.

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Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Ethics, News, State Government  /  No Comments

AP file photo

 
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury.
But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by Watchdog.org, determined that Heather Lizotte is […]

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Indicted NM sheriff under pressure to quit, but will he?

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of KOB-TV

The Rio Arriba County commission wants embattled sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign but there’s little indication that Rodella will step down.

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New York Press Club blasts Gov. Christie’s blacklist tactic

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, Open Records  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

The New York Press Club is publicly criticizing Gov. Chris Christie and his staff for blacklisting New Jersey Watchdog.

The journalists’ organization “expresses its outrage over the Christie administration’s apparent ‘blacklisting’ of New Jersey Watchdog, in an effort to prevent the news outlet from receiving press advisories and official announcements from the governor’s office,” Press Club President Larry Seary said.

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