McAuliffe on Thursday signed signed Executive Order 28, which establishes the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.
The order comes in the wake of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen’s convictions for corruption.
Says the governor’s office: “The executive order identifies the broad priorities of the governor in his pursuit of a better state government, including meaningful rules for the ethical conduct of state officials, procedures for ensuring accountability to the electorate, and policies guiding the selection and service of high quality public servants.”
The 10-member commission will provide the governor with recommendations in December 2014 on ethics laws and policies with the goal of pursuing legislation during the Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session, which begins in January, a release from the governor’s office said.
The commission will continue to meet in 2015 in order to study and make recommendations on other good government topics, including campaign finance, the selection and service of judges and other public officials, and gubernatorial terms.
“I am creating this commission because it is imperative that we foster a culture of professionalism in state government that attracts future leaders of the highest caliber,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “I want to guarantee superior service to the next generation of Virginians. And I want to establish an enduring culture of integrity on which this state can prosper. These are not merely my values. They are the essential covenant of democracy.”
McAuliffe, a Democrat, pointed out that the commission is bipartisan. It will be co-chaired by former state senator and U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher (D), of Abingdon and former Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling (R).
Other members of the commission:
- Viola Baskerville, of Richmond, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and former House of Delegates member
- John T. Casteen III, of Keswick, President Emeritus at the University of Virginia and former Virginia Secretary of Education
- Christopher Howard, of Hampden Sydney, President of Hampden-Sydney College
- Susan A. Magill, of Alexandria, Vice President for Advancement at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Courtney M. Malveaux, of Henrico County, a business attorney at ThompsonMcMullan and former Commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry
- Joe T. May, of Loudoun County, former Virginia House of Delegates member and chairman of its transportation committee
- John Sherman, Jr., of Richmond, former President and CEO of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Inc.
Photo: Fairfax County Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova/ file photo