LETTERS: Leaders shouldn't need code of conduct

While reading about the recent two-day strategic planning session held by our Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners ("BOC to consider code of conduct," May 15, 2A), the thought came to mind that perhaps such sessions are where exorbitant ideas are formulated. One of which was the idea tossed around about Neighborhood Improvement Districts to allow people in residential areas to band together to fund improvements.

Supposedly, the Neighborhood Improvement Districts would function much like Community Improvement Districts. Unless I am mistaken, CIDs were allowed to be created by an Act of the Georgia General Assembly. I know of no such legislation on the books that (heaven forbid) would allow for the creation of NIDs. The only improvements that come to mind would be those of public safety and public works, which are the core services provided by county government. To pass such improvements in either via way of NID's would be akin to our Board of Commissioners abdicating the throne, so to speak.

There was another issue raised at the planning session that I find real troubling, almost to the point of being comical. You would think that Gwinnett's residents have apparently elected Commissioners of such questionable ethics and judgment that they need a "code of conduct" to guide them in the execution of their elected duties. Such a Code of Conduct would be appropriate for students and young adults to provide guidance that perhaps they have not received at home and I, for one, would be embarrassed if my elected public officials felt they needed this type of guidance. As I look at the age spectrum of the members on our current Board of Commissioners the one thought that would come to mind in reference to a proposed code of conduct is that if their moral compass is not pointing true north at this late date, it probably never will.

James H. (Jimmy) Orr Jr.



PatrickTMalone 2 years, 4 months ago


I don't have enough info on NID's to comment but you are spot on regarding a code of conduct for the BOC. That's akin to Norquist's "no tax" pledge. Why would you vote for someone if you don't trust them without a code of conduct or a signed pledge. Good people don't need a code to tell them right from wrong and bad people will ignore a code. Research the candidates, elect responsible adults and then trust them to use their best judgment. If they don't vote them out.


R 2 years, 4 months ago

I think we could learn from past developments - like Briscoe...

So I guess I'm not quite willing to completely discount out of hand the start of any "policy" that will begin to move that line back into the light.


kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

You hit the right word in your letter (leaders). We do not have any.


CD 2 years, 4 months ago

Even the mafia had a "commission". Our commission, not unlike the mafia's commission, is a direct reflection of the voters; if the voters are apathetic, lazy, uninterested, slothful, ignorant of critical issues, and unable to make thoughtful decisions, then we have the "reflection" we deserve.

A rock is a rock. It can only be a rock. Your typical commission member can only be a typical commission member.

Rocks and typical commission members have no use for a code of conduct.


SabrinaWorks247 2 years, 4 months ago

Hi Jimmy:

I can certainly understand why you said you find it real troubling, almost to the point of being comical, that our commissioners are considering a "code of conduct". While they pledged that restoring public trust in local government was their #1 priority, and they have held town hall meetings to attempt to increase trust, they are using taxpayers' money to fight an open records lawsuit to try to prevent taxpayers from learning how they spent taxpayers' money. If it wasn't so troubling, that would be comical, too.

How can they expect anyone to take their pledges, promises and "code of conduct" seriously, when they are fighting in court to hide the facts about how they spent taxpayer money? Trust and respect are earned and taxpayers are not buying this sales pitch from the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners.


R 2 years, 4 months ago

So what is the status of that case anyway? Seems like our local paper could pick up a line or two somewhere.

Is there a timeline of any kind?


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