New information was provided during Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee regarding an ethics complaint that was reportedly leaked to the press.
Last year, a complaint was filed by former legislature chairman Barry Leemann against Legislator Shawn Doyle. Doyle said he was contacted by a reporter prior to being notified that a complaint was filed against him.
Doyle added that he immediately contacted County Attorney Richard Mitchell and inquired who might have tipped off the press. Mitchell, Doyle said, told him that the packets had yet to leave his office when he contacted him within five minutes of his call from the reporter.
The Franklin County District Attorney has concluded that there is no “provable criminal conduct committed by any employee or county official of Essex County,” however, does go on to state that the report has been forwarded to the Essex County Ethics Board and the state Attorney General for review.
An investigation into the bidding procedure in Essex County in regard to a data imaging contract was the subject of Franklin County DA Derek Champagne’s investigation.
The investigation focused on e-mail correspondence between Essex County Deputy Clerk Janet Cross and Joe Murman of Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool.
The company does business with the Oswego County Clerk’s office and has been embroiled in controversy for over a year.
If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.
“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”
Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.