FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors discussed the prospect of forming an ethics committee Wednesday but took no action.
Supervisor Kevin Cavanaugh, R-Coolidge, thinks there should be a Board of Supervisors Ethics Committee and a Management Efficiency and Waste Reduction Committee. But board Chairman Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, said in his opinion the ethics committee is the voters who elect county supervisors.
Miller said if he saw something that appeared to go against policy, he would alert the county manager and ask him to investigate. Cavanaugh responded that if the alleged violation involved a supervisor, he would be asking a subordinate to investigate his boss.
Miller replied if the allegation were that egregious, it would also go to the County Attorney’s Office. He also said bad ethics may not necessarily be illegal.
“But we have a duty to serve the public in an ethical way,” Cavanaugh replied. “Although we may not violate law, it would be good to establish a set of rules for our ‘electeds’ to follow and a protocol for providing an admonishment, certainly, of a violation of the ethics. Do you not agree?”
“No, I don’t agree,” Miller said. He said the county already has policies and procedures in writing, and county staff uses them as a guide.
Miller said the Board of Supervisors’ powers, per the Pinal County administrative code and state law, are primarily setting policy and setting the tax rate. “We’re not to micromanage the county.” He asked for a presentation on this at a future meeting.
In “call to the public” as the meeting began, Carol Lee Bailey of Saddlebrooke Ranch said she supported the formation of an ethics committee, and “I’m surprised you don’t have one already.”
Another woman called the ethics committee “a fantastic idea, at a time and a place where we need it.”
Years of service awards
The board recognized Denise M. Smith, director of juvenile court services, for 35 years with Pinal County. Smith told the board she loves her work and thanked her mother for convincing her to come home and take a job with the county after she graduated from college.
The board also recognized Matthew L. Kipp, senior emergency dispatcher, for 30 years; Linda J. Sloan Compton, enterprise resource planning analyst with Information Technology, for 25 years; and Andrea J. Aleman, payroll accounting supervisor, Darren L. Gauthier, building inspections supervisor, Leticia D. Martinez, sheriff’s investigator, Jessica Tapia, sheriff’s administrative assistant, and Douglas M. Peoble, sergeant, for 20 years.