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Barnard appointed to Allen County Ethics Commission

Commissioners appointed Larry Barnard to the Allen County Ethics Commission, filling the final open seat.

The commission has been increased from three to five members and can have no more than three members from the same political party. Barnard is a Democrat.

Commissioners upped the membership and revamped the rules of the commission this year in the wake of last year's media coverage of the organization.

The commission spent much of the year investigating an alleged breach of ethics by a county councilman who was pulled over and refused a breath test – instead calling the sheriff for assistance. The complaint was eventually dismissed.

Other commission members are Republican Tom Hardin, attorney; Democrat Wendy Stein, business owner; independent Abraham Schwab, assistant professor in the department of philosophy at IPFW; and retired Allen Superior Court Judge Philip Thieme, a Republican.

Barnard is an attorney with the law firm Carson Boxberger LLP in Fort Wayne. According to the firm's website, he concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, representing businesses, governmental entities and insurance companies.