Last Friday Washington County's Ethics Commission ruled that three top county officials' April trip to the Master's Golf Tournament, with tickets obtained through the help of a firm doing business with the county, didn't violate the county's ethics ordinance. Because the trio paid what they believed was a fair price for the tickets - although much less than scalpers could have gotten - the commission said any disciplinary action would be inappropriate.
Provided that the elected official involved, Commissioners' President Greg Snook, abstains the next time this company's contract is up for renewal, that will apparently be the end of the matter. But the commissioners ought to consider another aspect of this situation.
Snook is president of the board that supervises the other two officials who went along on the trip, County Administrator Rod Shoop and Human Resources Director Alan Davis. Is it a good idea for county officials - elected or appointed - to go on vacation with those they supervise?