WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County residents will be getting a day-long lesson in ethics later this month.
County leaders will hold the first annual "Ethics Awareness Day" on Nov. 18 as part of an ongoing process to shed the county of its corruption-tainted image, born of a spate of scandals that saw four county commissioners convicted in the past five years.
"I go around the country, and I talk to people in other ethics communities and programs," said Alan Johnson, executive director of the county's ethics commission. "Palm Beach County has probably the premiere ethics program."
As part of the event, the ethics commission will hold a series of panel discussions across the county.
The county's library system will also display ethics-related books and materials in each of its branches.
Today, county commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing the ethics effort. Ethics officials have asked leaders in all 38 cities and towns to take similar action.
Ethics watchdogs also plan to ask local clergy to focus their sermons and services during the weekend of Nov. 18 on ethics issues.
Ethics Awareness Day
- 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Panel discussion: Transparency and accountability in government
Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Panel discussion: What is ethics?
Palm Beach Atlantic University, Lecture Hall, 901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
- 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Panel discussion: Commission on Ethics and Inspector General Initiatives: A Look Forward
Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer