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Civil service board will meet possible ethics candidate
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Civil Service Board wants to visit next month with a candidate to fill its vacancy on the local ethics board.

Thursday morning, Vice Chairman Terry Smith recommended Lorne Twiner for the post, describing him as a "successful businessman."

"I think that he would make an excellent member of the ethics board," Smith said.

Smith and his two fellow board members agreed to invite Twiner to their next meeting, which is scheduled for April 14.

The post on the Forsyth County Board of Ethics came open with George Pirkle's resignation last month.

Pirkle, who had served on the board since its inception 11 years ago, stepped down a day after Smith criticized the ethics board in a meeting.

According to Smith, the ethics board has been reluctant to investigate complaints.

Pirkle has said he had also received a phone call from someone claiming a county commissioner had called the ethics board a waste of taxpayer money. He later learned that information was false.

Pirkle was the civil service board's appointee to the five-member ethics board.

The county commission and local bar association each appoint one member, as do the county's elected officials other than the commission.

The fifth member is appointed by a majority of voting employees of the county.

Also during Thursday's meeting, the civil service board agreed to ask the county commission to consider assigning them a specified meeting room.

While the board usually gathers in the county's public safety complex, a room has not been designated for civil service meetings.