EDWARDSVILLE – As part of the effort to ensure compliance with the Madison County ethics ordinance, County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced the appointment of retired Judge Dean E. Sweet as the county’s ethics adviser.
The County Board unanimously approved the appointment at Wednesday’s meeting.
In addition to serving as an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, 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 adviser than Judge Sweet,” Dunstan said.
The ethics adviser 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.
According to Dunstan, the ethics adviser serves as an independent adviser 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.