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Poll: Did Frazier Violate the Ethics Ordinance?

A local political organization has filed a formal complaint with the county ethics commission over a commissioner's use of county resources to invite county employees to pray with her.

The Carroll County Democratic Central Committee (CCDCC) has filed a formal complaint with the Carroll County Ethics Board, charging that Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier and County Clerk Shawn Reese violated the county ethics ordinance.

In early May, Reese sent an email on Frazier's behalf inviting county employees to pray with her at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the county office building.

The organization is asking the Ethics Board to request that Frazier postpone the first scheduled "prayer time" on June 7 until the "issue is resolved."

Commissioner Doug Howard initially voiced reservations about Frazier's use of the county email system for non-business communications. Then last week Howard said that disciplining Frazier is not "within the board's purview."

On May 17 the Board of Commissioners allowing county employees to use the county office building for personal reasons on their own time such as during lunch or after business hours.

The complaint, submitted to the Ethics Commission on May 22, cited three instances in which the CCDCC said Frazier violated the county employee ethics ordinance and business communications policy.

It cited Frazier's use of the county email system to send the prayer invitation, her action directing a county employee to violate the business communications policy and her alleged misuse of elective office to impose her personal beliefs on her employees.

The complaint reads, "We believe that Commissioner Robin Frazier has violated The County Ethics Ordinance by misusing her elective office to promote her personal beliefs upon the very county employees whose paychecks she signs; potentially influencing the careers of many employees by placing them at risk depending on whether they choose to show favor to Commissioner Frazier by appearing at her slated prayer sessions."

Commissioner Richard Rothschild about the prayer issue.

"Internal policies of gov't are created at the pleasure of the Commissioners, and are subject to reasonable interpretation & enforcement by the Board. To that end, they are created by us, for our employees," he wrote.

He said the board's decision was legally and ethically correct.

Did Frazier overstep her bounds in using a county employee and county resources to invite county employees to pray with her? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Native May 25, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Ok, I think we've beat this dead horse into the ground. So we disagree, it ain't the first & it won't be the last. Let's find something else to debate & put this one to bed.
SOUTHWESTMINSTER May 25, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Amen ! lol. :)
Buck Harmon May 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM
So then EBurger, What you are saying is that the opportunity will not be equal for all County employees to attend...the select few that work in the office building are the target here..? It's a very relevant question that has not been answered yet. There is no benefit to Carroll taxpayers by the creation of Carroll County Office Bldg. Prayer time. The" try some"comment is typical of someone that knows they are wrong...god would not smile at this very poor ethic behavior and you know it.
Gardenmagix May 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I think Concerned Citizen is correct. Do you remember Frazier's endorsement the last time she was elected? No rec games on Sunday morning. She seems to think every citizen goes to church on Sunday. That's a bit short-sighted, but then again, this is Carroll County politics.

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