You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Editorials

  • Our SMSS mess
    Want an SMSS in your neighborhood? The acronym doesn’t sound so bad.  But SMSS stands for satellite manure storage structure.
  • Seek help gaining the strength to stop abuse
    What is perhaps saddest and most shocking about the case of fiancée-beater Ray Rice is how common this kind of violence still is.
  • The confluence of many big ideas
    When you find something that works in a city, you want more of it.
Advertisement

Furthermore …

Fixing an ethics dilemma

The Allen County commissioners should consider revisiting the ethics code after the county’s ethics commission dropped its investigation into Sheriff Ken Fries over the traffic stop involving County Councilman Paul Moss.

The commission dropped the matter because the county’s ordinance includes officials and employees “not otherwise subject to a code of ethics.” The Indiana Sheriff’s Association has such a code.

The problem is that membership in the association is voluntary, and there is no penalty for violating the code. One might quibble with the definition of “subject” in the county code – arguably, Fries is not under the control or authority of the association’s code. But if the commissioners truly want to enforce an ethics policy, perhaps they should drop the “other code” language.

This is not to suggest Fries violated the code. But it would best serve constituents if the investigation into the actions of both Fries and Moss were allowed to proceed.

Advertisement