Huntsville city council president calls ethics inquiry ‘offensive’

Updated: Nov. 5, 2016 at 6:18 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City Council President Will Culver is firing back at the council's request to the State Ethics Commission to investigate a possible ethics violation by him. Culver said everything he's done in office has been "fair, equitable and just," saying it's "offensive" when anyone insinuates otherwise.

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A council member was made aware of a possible conflict of interest. She said it could be a problem for Culver to help select a new municipal judge who could potentially refer new clients to Culver for business.

Culver worked with Recovery Services as an instructor until earlier this year. He resigned his position with that jail diversion program earlier this year. The councilwoman believes his involvement in selecting a new judge could still be a conflict.

Culver said he thinks it's a stall tactic to delay the appointment of a new municipal judge.

"This is at the discretion of my colleagues on the council. This particular issue is really moot. It's unorthodox. It's unnecessary," Culver said. "And as I stated, it's merely an attempt to delay the process of appointing Judge Scott Rodgers as the associate judge at municipal court."

He said one of the things he values from childhood is integrity, values, morals and ethics.

"When people make insinuations, accusations, it offends me. And there is no room for that in this particular situation," Culver said.

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