Sarasota Herald Tribune: Lyons: Ethics coordinator’s firing sends a message


By Tom Lyons

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

Every Sarasota County employee now knows raising any questions about Commissioner Joe Barbetta or his wife and their business relationships with anyone involved with the county is a firing offense.

No matter how tactfully and gently it is done, or why, it is wrong to ask ethics-related questions about a commissioner, especially questions that rub Barbetta the wrong way.

No matter what questions arise, or how, the only safe thing to do is ignore them, if they want to keep getting a county paycheck.  READ MORE

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