Published On: Fri, Jun 6th, 2014

Commission candidate attends ethics training provided by State

Fresh off his primary win which toppled an entrenched incumbent and also bested two challengers, Christian Giggenbach, the Democratic nominee for Greenbrier County Commission, has completed ethics training provided by the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Giggenbach recently made the two-hour trip to Braxton County where the ethics training was held at the Gassaway Town Hall. The ethics training was taught by C. Joan Parker, the executive director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

A few of the topics broached during the training session concerned the prohibition against the use of public office for private gain, the rule against public servants accepting gifts worth over $25, and the legalities of public contracts in relation to office holders.

During the primary, Giggenbach made ethics and government transparency a cornerstone of his campaign.

“We need ethical leadership at the county commission level,” Giggenbach said. “If we are going to fix the problems of our county government, this is the first place to start.”

Giggenbach intends to speak about ethics in Greenbrier County politics during a series of Town Hall meetings later this year where Giggenbach will unveil his plan for Greenbrier County.

“Old-style politics has cost the Greenbrier County taxpayer a considerable amount of money and has wasted time that could be better spent on fixing problems,” Giggenbach said. “It’s a terribly inefficient way to run government.”