Former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, D-Rochester, had been the only legislator to vote against the measure. Reportedly, one of Sheppard’s concerns was the county executive’s ability to appoint an executive director to the office, instead of assigning the task to a third party.
“Together with the community, and my colleagues in the Monroe County Legislature, we have enacted legislation that ensures Monroe County government will be as open, honest, and accountable as possible,” Dinolfo stated. “I look forward to establishing the Office of Public Integrity, and hiring a director who will act as an impartial steward for all county operations. The Office of Public Integrity is the cornerstone of my forward-looking integrity agenda.”
Last month, Dinolfo also submitted an amendment to the proposed legislation, which included the following:
- Additional reporting to the Monroe County Legislature as the director deems necessary;
- the authority to require any county employee to provide relevant information or statements to the Office of Public Integrity;
- the office’s ability to subpoena witnesses, or information from any private vendor doing business with the county, including LDCs;
- the director serving the five-year term’s prohibition from all political activities;
- and increased protection for all whistleblowers.
The county will now begin its search for a director, which it will appoint to the office upon confirmation from the legislature, according to officials.