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Mayoral Challenger Hamilton Proposes New Ethics Code

Hamilton says one of his first priorities as mayor would be to propose a comprehensive ethics policy for high-ranking city employees.

Bloomington mayoral candidate John Hamilton says one of his first priorities as mayor would be to propose a comprehensive ethics policy for high-ranking city employees.

The plan would require departmental leaders and other city leaders to sign a pledge each year committing them to a stringent action plan and yearly filing of financial disclosure statements.

An “ethics council” would be convened to adjudicate any ethical missteps. Hamilton said he’s trying to stop a problem before it starts.

“Sometimes they’re enacted after problems happen,” Hamilton said. “The goal with this would be to put in place a comprehensive city ethics ordinance before we have that kind of thing.”

Another tenet of the plan would order the city to keep records of campaign contributions to political candidates for longer than the four years the county clerk currently holds them.

Mayor Mark Kruzan could not be reached for comment.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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