Letter to the editor: ‘Violations of the public trust’ are harmful


We appreciate the hard work of both the grand jury and the trial jury.

We are both angered and saddened by the betrayal of the public trust that is evidenced by the conviction of the auditor for conflict of interest (nepotism), structuring contractor payments to avoid procurement rules and official misconduct.

Delawareans shouldn’t have to wonder whose interests our elected officials serve. We deserve to have confidence that our tax dollars are being well spent and that our government officials are serving our interests, not the interests of themselves, their families or their cronies.

This public corruption case demonstrates the need for an Office of the Inspector General, dedicated to searching out waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and other conduct that is harmful to the public interest — and to helping recover misspent or inappropriately paid funds. Delaware organizations have been working to establish an inspector general for years. A bill with strong bipartisan support was introduced this year, but unfortunately, it did not get a final vote.

Violations of the public trust are very serious offenses in a democracy. We trust the court will impose the sentence that is deserved in this case. And we know that Common Cause Delaware will continue working to strengthen ethics laws, until they are as clear and tough as they need to be.

Claire Snyder-Hall

Director, Common Cause Delaware

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