RALEIGH, NC - Former N.C. State Auditor Les Merritt has teamed up with Dr. Frank L. Perry, a veteran FBI agent who worked for both the N.C. Ethics Commission and the N.C. State Auditor's office, to launch the Foundation for Ethics in Public Service and its Web site, www.ReportPublicCorruption.org.
Merritt will serve as Executive Director, Perry will serve as Director of Investigations and Public Affairs and Hayley Phillips Bushnell will serve as Director of Operations.
"Our team has the right combination of investigative, auditing, educational and public service experience to effectively review tips, determine whether they are credible and follow up as appropriate," adds Perry
"Our background and experience will also enable us to effectively educate public officials on ways to adhere to a high ethical standard as they fulfill their duties."
The Foundation's Board of Directors has members from across the political spectrum.
In addition to Merritt and Perry
, founding board members include Robert L. "Roddy" Jones of Raleigh, N.C. and Kory Swanson of Raleigh, N.C. Board members from other states will be added as the Foundation expands its efforts, as will a larger Board of Advisors.
"I have full confidence that Les Merritt, Frank Perry
and their team will operate the Foundation in a fair, independent, non-partisan manner," says Jones.