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Vacancy filled on ethics board
Civil service panel taps businessman
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Civil Service Board has chosen a candidate to fill its vacancy on the local ethics board.

Members voted unanimously to have Lorne Twiner represent the panel.

Vice Chairman Terry Smith, who last month recommended Twiner for the assignment, said the candidate was out of town and couldn’t make it to Thursday morning’s meeting.

Smith has previously described Twiner as a "successful businessman."

The Forsyth County Board of Ethics post has been empty since George Prikle resigned in February.

Pirkle had served on the board since its inception 11 years ago. He stepped down a day after Smith critized the ethics board in a meeting, saying it had been reluctant to investigate complaints.

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.

The board also discussed holding all regular meetings in the conference room at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex and providing advance notice in the event that a hearing would be held elsewhere.