Moss hearing dismissed after written public apology

Councilman Paul Moss

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Ethics Commission has dropped a complaint that was filed against County Councilman Paul Moss on Friday.

Moss was pulled over in June 2012 for suspected drunk driving. He called Sheriff Ken Fries on his cell phone after he was pulled over and was later let go.

Moss submitted a disposition agreement to the commission with a written apology to the public. He asked for the investigation, which spanned over six months, to be dismissed.

The commission accepted Moss’ public apology and the ethics violation complaint was dismissed.

Click here to view Moss’ public apology.

“Paul Moss accepted responsibility for what I think certainly I felt was a lapse of judgment, a mistake,” Allen County Ethics Commission member Tom Hardin explained.

In the public apology letter, Moss said “I sought no personal gain nor favor” when calling the sheriff.  “I understand my actions that day created the appearance of impropriety.”

“If I created a perception that caused people to lose some faith in government and the processes that we have in place then I apologize for that,” Allen County Councilman Paul Moss said.

The commission believes this has created an example of how important ethical behavior is from public officials.

“You know the public expects it and I think they’re entitled to it and when these matters occur and there’s conversation it does serve everyone well,” Hardin said.

We asked Moss if he regrets anything now that it’s all said and done – he said no.  He believes most people would try to help their children out when they need it.

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