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The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC) welcomed its newest member as Burns Harbor became the latest Northwest Indiana community to formally commit to ethics training and promotion.
Town Council President James McGee recently appointed Burns Harbor resident and Plan Commission member Andy Bozak to represent the town on the commission. McGee also serves on SEAC’s Joint Board of Delegates.
Bozak said, “Participation in SEAC helps maintain the community’s trust and holds our town accountable. SEAC will serve as a wonderful resource and continues Burns Harbor’s tradition towards honest and effective stewardship.”
Formed in November 2005, SEAC is an all-volunteer organization providing training on ethical decision-making to local public officials. Burns Harbor plans to include all town elected officials, department heads and employees in the training. Building Commissioner/Fire Chief William Arney, Boards and Commissions secretary Toni Biancardi as well as Police Chief Mike Heckman will participate in initial training.
Councilman/Redevelopment Commission Secretary Jeff Freeze noted the quality of life and economic development benefits to locals. “Through joining SEAC, our residents should know all town staff and elected officials are getting the training they need related to decisions facing town leaders on a regular basis,” Freeze said. “This membership is important so our team has the resources in place to resolve those ‘grey areas’ properly and quickly, saving money in the long run.”
Burns Harbor is one of 19 communities involved with SEAC, including: Porter County’s Chesterton, Hebron, Odgen Dunes and Valparaiso; Lake County’s Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Highland, Hobart, Lowell, Munster, Schererville and Whiting; as well as the counties of Lake, La Porte and Porter.