Tallahassee Commission Appoints Newest Ethics Board Member

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 17:48:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The city of Tallahassee ethics board has a new member: Carol A. "Sunny" Phillips. The decision was unanimous.

The city commission met today to discuss the 13 applicants for the position, which was vacated last year when Lila Jaber announced she was resigning for personal reasons. She was originally selected by the city commission.

The ethics board was set up following a November 2014 vote in Leon County. Members are in charge of managing a city-wide ethics hotline and coordinating a mandatory diversity training of local officials, officers, and employees.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said, "We [City Commission] ultimately have to make a decision within our one appointment of the individual who we think will have the best of the community at heart, will have balance, bring balance to the board, and again, ultimately act out in what they believe is the highest moral and ethical standard."

"Ms. Phillips comes from a different background as some of the members who are currently on the ethics board", said Commissioner Scott Maddox. "She'll bring a different point of view. And the bottom line is we want our citizens and our employees to be assured of an ethical process that's dealing with the city of Tallahassee. I think Ms. Phillips will help us get there."