Integrity: 1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; ethical 2. Internal consistency or lack of corruption: honesty, fairness, good character, moral, decency, trustworthy.
Recently, it has become apparent many elected officials in Bonner County are engaging in the current national political vitriol, i.e., laws are made for everyone but our local officials. Somehow they are exempt from following legal norms and (they) are above the law.
Last week, my husband and I attended “Capital Day” in Bonners Ferry. During the audience participation section, I asked Gov. Brad Little the question, “What is your position regarding elected officials following the rule of the law?”
Governor Little robustly answered: “There is no place in public service for any official who does not follow the rule of the law. As governor, I expect every state official to serve their constituents with integrity. No official in the state should use their office for political purposes or personal gain.”
In our democracy, it is unacceptable and egregious for officials to back channel, use the “good old boys” network, lack transparency, or deny any resident their due process regardless of whether that official is elected, appointed or hired into their position. Every city resident has an absolute right to expect integrity, truth, fairness, ethical behavior and professionalism from elected officials we pay with our taxpayer dollars. No one is above the law.