What is a Statement of Economic Interest? The Mississippi Ethics Commission explains:
The Statement of Economic Interest is a financial disclosure form filed annually by certain elected and appointed officials in state and local government. It is intended to disclose the sources of a public servant’s income so that members of the public know where a public servant’s personal financial interests lie. It does not disclose the amount of income a public servant receives. The Statement of Economic Interest promotes compliance with the Ethics in Government Law disclosing potential conflicts of interest. All information disclosed is for the previous calendar year.
SRHS Watch has reviewed the statements for the current Board of Supervisors since 2009. Our findings are listed below.
District 1 Barry Cumbest – All on file for period, no deficiencies noted Of note: Spouse employed as RN at Singing River Health System for all years reported. SRHS budgets are approved by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors
District 2 Melton Harris – All on file for period, no deficiencies noted
District 3 Michael Mangum – All on file for period, no deficiencies noted
District 4 Joseph Troy Ross – 2011, 2012, 2013 not on file. 2014 deficient – Fails to list public bodies from which Ross was compensated.
District 5 John McKay – 2011 and 2012 not on file Of note: Spouse employed at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2010. MGCCC receives funding from Jackson County
SEIs are now filed online, so there is little likelihood that any report got lost in the mail. Just in case, you may want to call the State Ethics Commissions and verify whether or not they have reports for McKay and Ross for the missing years.
If they do have McKay’s for 2012, you might want to ask if he listed the free outings from the DMR on his report.
Contact the Mississippi Ethics Commission