Sister Mary Scullion resigns from Ethics Board

After just 10 months, Sister Mary Scullion, one of the city’s most enduring crusaders to end homelessness, is stepping down from the Philadelphia Board of Ethics.  Scullion says personal and professional obligations have drawn her away.

Scullion’s resignation is the third to come in the past seven months.  Nolan Atkinson and Kenya Mann Faulkner both resigned last year.  Atkinson said he had a possible conflict of interest, while Faulkner cited health concerns.

Ethics Board Executive Director Shane Creamer says he’s not concerned about the three absences in such a short time.

“This kind of turnover is common for a board like this,” said Creamer.  “We’ve had regular turnover in the last four years that we’ve been operating and the previous ethics board, the advisory board, had similar turnover as well.”

Creamer adds Scullion was an important influence on the board.

Ethics Board Executive Director Shane Creamer says she will be missed.

“She made a tremendous contribution to the board.  We enjoyed working with her and we’re going to miss her.  She brought a fresh perspective to the board, and it’s a great loss for us,” he said.

Mayor Nutter will nominate a replacement for Scullion.  The Ethics Board investigates allegations of corruption in city government and trains employees on ethical conduct.

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