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Harsch, Cerullo appointed to Ethics Commission

Bill Harsch, a two-time loser in his runs for AG against Patrick Lynch, has been appointed by Governor Carcieri to the state Ethics Commission.

Deborah Cerullo, who matches Arlene Violet in having a religious (nun) and prosecutor background, has also been appointed.

From the Gov:

Cerullo, a Catholic nun who served as an Assistant District Attorney in both Massachusetts and New York, replaces George Weavill, Jr.  Her term expires on September 1, 2011. Harsch, a Providence attorney who previously served in the Carter Administration and in Rhode Island state government, replaces James C. Segovis. His term expires on September 1, 2012.

     

“Despite years of effort, Rhode Island’s political system is still beset by many ethical challenges,” Governor Carcieri said. “The Rhode Island Ethics Commission needs the leadership to not only prosecute misdeeds under the existing rules, but also to ensure that the current rules are sufficient to cover all the potential conflict of interest situations in state and local government. I firmly believe that Sr. Cerullo and Bill Harsch will provide that leadership.”

     

“In seeking individuals to serve on this critical board, I sought independent thinkers who held promise to be proactive, staunch defenders of the public's interest in ethical government,” the Governor said. “The Ethics Commission is at an important crossroads in meeting its constitutional mission, and as a matter of moving forward I put a premium on strong personal integrity in choosing these appointees.”

Governor Carcieri deserves credit, as does executive director Kent Willever, for strengthening the Ethics Commission from this point when it was mired in conflict.

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