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Madison County tabs former judge as ‘ethics advisor’


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – As part of the effort to ensure compliance with the Madison County Ethics Ordinance, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced the appointment of retired Judge Dean E. Sweet as the county’s “ethics advisor.”

The Madison County Board unanimously approved the appointment at Wednesday’s meeting.

In addition to serving as an associated judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court, Sweet previously served as legal counsel to several municipalities and school districts, and was an assistant Madison County state’s attorney.

“During his distinguished career, Dean Sweet has established an outstanding reputation based on his personal ethics, professionalism and knowledge of the law. I cannot think of another individual more qualified to serve as the Madison County Ethics Advisor than Judge Sweet,” said Dunstan.

The ethics advisor provides legal counsel and advice to Madison County officials regarding compliance with the county’s ethics ordinance, as well as state and federal ethics laws. The role comes without compensation.

According to Dunstan, the ethics advisor serves as an independent advisor and is not an investigative officer.

“Judge Sweet will be there to provide advice and help Madison County officials avoid potential conflicts or ethical violations,” Dunstan said.


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