Plans to open Ethics Commission to new applicants next spring

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 2:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2021 at 5:25 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The State’s young Ethics Commission renewed two of its founding members to another term.

The Commission was formed in 2019 with five members.

Each member is appointed to four-year terms, but three of them were given shorter ones to stagger their expiration dates.

Ward Koeser and Paul Richard were originally given two-year terms, but will start their first full ones in September.

Commission members self-imposed a two-term limit for themselves.

“That term limit is good and appropriate. My experience says continuity is great, but you do need new blood in there and I think that’ll establish that moving forward,” said Executive Director David Thiele.

The governor and Legislative leaders, who decides who sits on the Ethics Commission, said they will likely have a meeting next spring to discuss opening some of the seats to new applicants.

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