The City’s Independent Ethics Board recently appointed Ernie Paine to fill the vacancy in Seat 1. Paine, who heard about the vacancy through the Talgov.com website, feels that the Independent Ethics Board is a great way for him to continue his public service in Tallahassee.
Paine recently retired from the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation at the Department of Financial Services.
Mr. Paine told Tallahassee Reports (TR) that he believes his previous experiences will aid in him being an effective board member – citing a long career that had a primary focus on ethics that also provided him with extensive experience in a regulated government environment.
While working in information technology, Mr. Paine worked with information that was subject to Florida’s Sunshine Law. The Sunshine Law “is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in Florida.”
Mr. Paine also stated that he was subject to a strict Ethics Code since he was representing the Chief Financial Officer of the State of Florida.
Mr. Paine, who has been a resident of Tallahassee for over 44 years, feels that the city faces a lot of the same ethical issues that most cities face. He believes in the importance of ensuring that people in government, elected and appointed officials, are held accountable and operate in a transparent manner.