The first meeting of the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council was held on September 28 in Richmond.
The nine-member Council includes four from the General Assembly, two former Judges, two representatives of local government and one former executive branch employee.
The local government representatives are Sharon Pandak, partner with Greehan Taves, Pandak and Stoner; and Walter Erwin, City of Lynchburg Attorney. Both local government representatives have distinguished careers of service to local governments. The staff support for the Council is provided by Executive Director Chris Piper. The panel chose retired Court of Appeals Chief Judge Walter Felton as chairman and former Judge Patricia Martin as Vice Chair.
The advisory council was set up to provide guidance on ethical and conflict of interests issues that public officials may face. VACo will hold a session on the changes to the Conflict of Interest law and the newly created Council at the Annual Conference in Bath County on November 9.
The panel features Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, Council member and a chief patron of the legislation; Executive Director of the Council Chris Piper and Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova, who is also an appointee to the Governor’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.
The council will meet again in November and will issue an annual report by December 1 to the General Assembly and Governor.
VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, CAE