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Posted: 4:04 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
After several political scandals rocked the state a few years ago, North Carolina lawmakers started requiring elected officials to take ethics training. Eyewitness News uncovered one local politician who has broken that law. Charlotte City Council members were supposed to complete the classes by Nov. 12. Out of the 11 members, Councilman Andy Dulin didn't participate. Before Eyewitness News contacted him for comment, Dulin called anchor Allison Latos. "I just didn't prioritize," he said. Dulin admits he was given several notices of the looming deadline. "I didn't know it was a law," said Dulin. The ethics training isn't only a requirement for city officials, people elected or appointed to county positions and school boards must participate too. There is no formal sanction for officials who don't comply, but people told Eyewitness News it's bad for public perception. "All I have to say is training is important," said resident, Stephanie Westmoreland. Dulin said the class doesn't change the way he serves the city. "I don't need a certificate to act in an ethical manner," he said. "I'm doing that anyway." Dulin wants the people of Charlotte to know he will complete the classes. "I'm sorry. I didn't get this done and I'll work hard to make sure it gets completed this week," he said. Eyewitness News also requested information from the county clerk and the school board to see if officials completed ethics classes. Neither board responded Friday.
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