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New Ethics Commissioners Sworn In

The Unified Government Ethics Commission has sworn in two new members.

Ethics Commissioner Patricia “Patty” Orth is a proud lifelong resident of Wyandotte County. She has been married to James Orth for nearly 50 years and to that union they have two wonderful children, James Jr. and Jennifer, and four grandchildren. Throughout her career she has worked at KCK Alcohol Safety Action Project, in the Unified Government’s Legal Department, and the 8th Street YMCA. She is the President of the Cathedral Neighborhood Association, a member of Liveable Neighborhoods, and a Corporate Board Member of Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC).

Ethics Commissioner Emily Cisneros was indoctrinated in service to her community at a young age as a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County. Her work ethic drove her to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Rockhurst University with a degree in Accounting. She then proceeded to graduate with honors from Keller University where she obtained a Master of Business Administration. Currently she serves as a board member and Treasurer of her neighborhood watch group and chairs the annual neighborhood picnic. Additionally, she serves on District Attorney Dupree’s Community Liaison Board and Bishop Ward High School’s Board of Trustees.

Patricia "Patty" Orth
Emily Cisneros
The Ethics Commission is composed of five members residing in Wyandotte County that are appointed by the Ad Hoc Ethics Commission Appointment Panel comprised of Robert P. Burns, Chief Judge of Wyandotte County District Court; Mark A. Dupree Sr., District Attorney of Wyandotte County; and Thomas L. Wiss, Legislative Auditor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

Members of the Ethics Commission are unpaid and must be a Wyandotte County resident and be of good moral standing and reputation. The Ethics Commission members serve one, four-year term. Alternate cycles every two-years allow for appointment of two new members in 2019.

The purpose of the Ethics Commission shall be to recommend ways to improve the Unified Government’s Ethics Code, to review and report on any and all violations of the Code of Ethics, to render advisory opinions on questions of ethics, conflicts of interest, and the applicability of the Code of Ethics. The Ethics Commission currently meets monthly.

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