To the Residents of Oswego County:
Since 2006, I have faithfully served as an Oswego County Legislator.
Today, I am very pleased to announce that the Ethics Complaint filed against me last December by former County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann has been unanimously dismissed by the Oswego County Board of Ethics as being meritless.
The baseless charges stemmed from the Town of Richland’s decision to house the Town Historian’s Office in the Pulaski Courthouse, which is owned by the county.
I make this announcement because while ethics proceedings are intended to be confidential, someone in county government deliberately leaked the complaint and its unfounded allegations, in its entirety, to the press before I had been served.
In fact, I first learned about the complaint from a member of the press, who called to interview me on the pending allegations.
I am particularly proud of my record as a legislator, including my questioning of whether certain public contracts are corrupt or unlawful.
I ask the public to consider whether the manufacture and publicizing of unfounded ethics charges constitute a misuse of the process in an attempt to silence or intimidate an elected official, and whether this abuse of the ethics process is a violation of the public trust.
Shawn P. Doyle,
Oswego County Legislator 3rd District (Village of Pulaski and Town of Richland)