Police can’t be school board members, W.Va. panel decides

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can’t serve on county boards of education.

Police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law, the commission said in a recent advisory opinion.

The term “public office” is not defined in the state code, which the Commission uses to determine a candidate’s eligibility for a county board, the opinion said. But relevant case law has determined criteria to judge whether a position is a public office. The criteria include whether the position was created by law; and whether the duties, tenure, salary, bond and oath have been prescribed or

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