CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Ethics Commission voted 5-4 Thursday afternoon to fire Commission Executive Director Joan Parker.

The decision came with no explanation from members of the panel.


Joan Parker

Parker was formerly the commission’s general counsel when she was promoted to executive director in Feb. 2013. Parker was first hired as the commission’s deputy counsel in 2006.

Some members of the state Senate were critical of Parker and the commission earlier this year when they said she lobbied on a bill lawmakers were considering. Jefferson County Sen. Herb Snyder criticized the move during a committee meeting.

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  • Kenneth A. Culp, CPA

    It's time Ms. Parker was fired. I filed an ethics complaint which alleged a clear violation of the ethics laws and Ms. Parker just dismissed it.
    I then filed a Writ of Mandamus with the WV Supreme Court to force her to investigate. Under pressure, she admitted that she should have investigated my complaint.
    The Supreme Court agreed on June 10, 2014 but I have yet to hear from the Ethics Commission.
    I have heard many similar complaints about her.

  • DWL

    WV has ethical standards? I'll be da*ned! Who'd have known?

  • arp

    As a former member of the Ethics Commission, I can verify that this was long overdue.

  • jm

    must have been a bill that would monitor ethics violations of politicians more closely