BY: Michelle Simon
At a brief ceremony held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, four newly elected Ethics Commission members were officially sworn into their roles.
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman Joseph Rupnick officiated the event at the old bingo hall, swearing-in Dale Delg as the Ethics Chairperson, Virginia LeClere as the Ethics Secretary, and Melinda Cooper-Williamson as Commissioner #1 and Shawnna Wabaunsee as Commissioner #2. All candidates ran uncontested. No one ran for Commissioner #3 which remains vacant. The group joins Jean Howley, Ethics Vice-chairperson who was elected in 2018.
This is Delg and Cooper-Williamson’s first time to hold an elected position for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, while LeClere and Wabaunsee have both previously served. Upon the formation of the Ethics Commission in 2008, LeClere was elected as the Ethics Commission’s first secretary and served through 2015, in April 2019 she was appointed by Tribal Council to serve as interim Ethics Commission Secretary. Wabaunsee previously served as a Gaming Commissioner from 1996 through 2000.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Ethics Commission is tasked with addressing the ethical behavior of elected and appointed officials of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation as stated in the Code of Ethics.
Ethics Commission Terms
Dale Delg – Chairperson – 2019 to 2021
Jean Howley – Vice Chairperson – 2018 to 2021
Virginia LeClere – Secretary – 2019 to 2021
Melinda Cooper-Williamson – Commissioner #1 – 2019 to 2020
Shawnna Wabaunsee – Commissioner #2 – 2019 to 2022
Vacant – Commissioner #3 – 2019 to 2022