Grosse Pointe Shores considering ethics committee, ethics ordinance

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 7, 2020

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — What activities are and aren’t appropriate for a mayor and a City Council member? That’s one of the questions a forthcoming Grosse Pointe Shores ethics committee hopes to explore as it works on an ethics ordinance for the city.

During a Dec. 17 Shores City Council meeting, Shores resident Harry Kurtz again raised the question of the city creating and adopting an ethics ordinance that would include “social media provisions and other potential conflict of interest issues.”

“What is your timeline to get an ethics ordinance in place?” Kurtz continued. “I brought it up a month ago, and it’s been sitting on the shelf for five years now. Many of us would like to see you make it a priority.”

Mayor Ted Kedzierski agreed that the ethics committee is a good idea. He said he’s personally wrestled with issues such as whether or not, as mayor, he can accept a gift — even a small one — from a contractor or a Shores resident. Kedzierski said the matter of creating an ethics committee was last explored in January 2014.

“I’m going to chair it,” Kedzierski said. “I want resident involvement. I want council involvement.”

He said he’d like to see the committee meet monthly. Kedzierski said the committee would probably begin the process by looking at model ordinances from other communities, starting with one prepared by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Shores resident John Clark was among those voicing support for an ethics ordinance, saying it would be “extremely helpful” for council members, staff and even residents.

“I think an ethics ordinance would provide for us a road map, some guidance in dealing with issues,” Clark said.

Shores residents interested in volunteering for the ethics committee can contact city offices at (313) 881-6565 or email admin@gpshoresmi.gov.

“I think this will be good for the city,” Kedzierski said. “It’ll help govern our involvement.”

If created and approved, Kedzierski said he believe the Shores would be the first of the Grosse Pointes to have an ethics ordinance on the books.

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