First meeting of Ethics Council set for Sept. 28
Now that all nine members have been appointed, the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council has scheduled an organizational meeting on September 28.
The Ethics Council came into being on July 1, 2014, but its activities have been slowed by a funding dispute between the General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and a 2015 rewrite of laws governing gifts that officials can accept.
Part of that revision was to reduce the size of the Council from 15 to nine members. Three are appointed each by the House of Delegates, State Senate and Governor.
Council members are listed below:
Appointed by the House of Delegates
- Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)
- Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
- Patricia West, associate dean at Regent University School of Law (former Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge)
Appointed by the Senate of Virginia
- Sen. Tommy Norment (R-James City County)
- Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
- Walter S. Felton Jr., attorney from Richmond (retired judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals)
Appointed by Governor McAuliffe
- Bernie Henderson, businessman from Henrico (former executive branch employee)
- Walter Irwin, attorney for the City of Lynchburg (nominated by Virginia Municipal League)
- Sharon Pandak, attorney from Prince William County (nominated by the Virginia Association of Counties)
Aug. 18, 2015