Paul Goetzke to lead ethics panel Annapolis lawyer elected for 1 year

May 12, 1993

Annapolis attorney Paul G. Goetzke was elected chairman of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission at the panel's first meeting yesterday.

Mr. Goetzke, who will serve a one-year term, received a law degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1985. He is an associate at the Annapolis law firm of Council, Baradal, Kosmerl and Nolan, specializing in civil trial and appellate practice before state and federal courts.

Mr. Goetzke also serves on the Annapolis Board of Appeals and sat on the city's Redistricting Committee in 1991.

The seven-member Ethics Commission was created by a charter amendment approved by county voters in November's election. Previously, ethical matters were handled by the county attorney, who is appointed by the county executive.

Commission members, who serve without pay, will investigate complaints of alleged violations of the ethics law by county employees or officials. The commission has subpoena power and is authorized to conduct its own ethics investigations.

The commission can recommend action to the state's attorney's office or to the county personnel office. It has no power to suspend, fire or bring criminal charges against county officials or employees.

Other commission members are E. Mackall Childs of Annapolis; Julie D. Goodwin of Brooklyn Park; William L. Mahan of Pasadena; Myrna Siegel of Annapolis; the Rev. Leslie E. Werner Jr. of Crofton; and Linda S. Zahn of Millersville.

Four of the commission members are Democrats; three are Republicans. The charter amendment creating the commission states that no more than four members can come from one party.

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