Local officeholders go through ethics training

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Wood County officeholders get some advice from the West Virginia Ethics Board.

A board representative Tuesday advised city and county leaders on matters ranging from avoiding conflicts of interest to open meetings.

A similar meeting was held a few years ago, but Wood County Commission President Blair Couch, who helped arrange this training says it was time to do it again.

"Doing the public's business in the open, is probably one of the best things a government can do," Couch said. "The light of day is the best disinfectant."

Coincidentally, this meeting came as city officials in two West Virginia cities have come under scrutiny.

Four officeholders, including the mayor, in the city of Richwood are accused of embezzlement, and the Mayor of West Union recently was arrested for allegedly stealing money from a police evidence locker.