When it was created in 2009, the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics was set up to isolate it from political influence. None of its five members was to be appointed directly by elected officials. Instead, each would be chosen by professional organizations representing local attorneys, accountants, police chiefs, municipal leaders and Florida Atlantic University.
But now a group of county commissioners is trying to tinker with the ethics commission’s makeup, which rightly has government-oversight advocates worried. Led by Priscilla Taylor, county commissioners narrowly voted this month to ask an advisory committee to add two seats to the ethics commission.
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