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Bailey resident questions town board's ethics training

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BAILEY — A longtime town resident is concerned some town commissioners can’t provide proof they’ve received required ethics training.

State law requires the members of local governing boards to receive ethics training after each election or re-election to office, according to information provided by the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Cecil Hawley is questioning why it’s taken a month for Town Clerk Kellie Glover to produce state-required ethics training certificates for some board members.

Hawley is a business owner, police booster and former Bailey Chamber of Commerce president.

Glover said at last week’s town board meeting that she’d received copies of the documentation from Commissioners Joel Killion and Ervin Powell.

During public comments at that meeting, Mayor Pro-tem Dwan Finch, who ran the meeting in Mayor Thomas Richards’ absence, said she turned her paperwork over to former Mayor Tim Johnson, but she would try to find a copy.

Commissioner Allen Daniels told Hawley he received the training but can’t find the paperwork.

“I’ve taken the class, boss,” Daniels said as he sifted through papers in a folder.

Hawley responded, “I’ve got no way to know that.”

Hawley told Commissioner Shelley Bullard that she’s been on the board so long that surely she has a certificate.

“I’ve got two of them, Bullard said. “And I’m not looking for them.”

Glover said state officials don’t keep the documentation on file. 

Hawley said he’s not attacking anyone, he would just like to see the paperwork — if possible, by the town board’s August meeting.