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Ethics Probe Ordered Over Warren's Security Detail, Corporation Counsel

Mayor Lovely Warren says she welcomes an ethics investigation, but there are questions as to the effectiveness of such a move.
Mayor Lovely Warren says she welcomes an ethics investigation, but there are questions as to the effectiveness of such a move. 

In the first two weeks of her administration, Warren has stirred controversy over the people she hired for her security detail and corporation counsel. The moves have led to City Council deciding to bring the concerns before the Board of Ethics. But the bottom line is that it cannot force Warren to do anything. In addition, the board is currently unable to hold hearings. Warren says she has done nothing wrong and will cooperate with the ethics board.

"I don't have an expectation of the outcome. I just think that it's time that we get back to the business of the city and I'm excited to do that," Warren said.

Former ethics board member Richard Hannon says does not have to abide by its decision.

"The ethics board has no power other than to issue its findings," he said.

"I'm not sure what information they will be seeking, but I can assure everyone whatever information and documents that they request we will readily give them so they can do their review," Mayor Warren said.

The other curveball- the ethics board cannot review anything until all its seats are filled. Right now there are three vacancies, and the Mayor has the power to appoint one of them. 

"I think they already have people that they are going to appoint. I do get one appointment and I'm looking to appoint the Interim Police Chief, Michael Ciminelli; and whatever we have to comply with we will definitely comply with their review," Warren said.

Hannon says Mayor Warren may feel public pressure after an ethics board ruling, but it has no power to force her to do anything. 

"The Mayor would be considered the appointing authority for all department heads and individuals who work in the Mayor's office directly. But there is not appointing authority for a directly elected official which is the Mayor," he said.

The ethics board's hearings will be public. Right now there is no time table set. 


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