Wolf wants ethics pledges from transition team [updated]

 Katie McGinty and Tom Wolf share a laugh on the campaign trail. Gov.-elect Wolf has appointed McGinty his chief of staff. (AP file photo)

Katie McGinty and Tom Wolf share a laugh on the campaign trail. Gov.-elect Wolf has appointed McGinty his chief of staff. (AP file photo)

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is imposing an ethics code on the people tasked with shaping his administration.

The agreement calls for disclosing any potential or actual conflict of interest, with signers promising  they will report any such conflicts that crop up while they are on the transition team.

The pledge also prohibits signers from using their position for personal gain, using state employees or state funds for purposes unrelated to the transition, or disclosing information about the transition team to a third party without permission.

The code of ethical conduct is a relatively recent prerequisite for gubernatorial transition teams. Gov. Tom Corbett had his 400-person team pledge a similar oath.

Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna said it’s a sign of the times.

“We’ve been through, as Corbett (came) into office, an incredible amount of public corruption, the most amount of public corruption in state government since the 1970s,” Madonna said. “So virtually everyone was on guard, everyone was being very cautious.”

Corbett’s transition team was still criticized as being overly representative of campaign donors and big industry and lacking voices from the public sector and advocacy groups. A Wolf aide said Tuesday it’s not clear when the governor-elect’s transition team will be finalized.

The code of ethical conduct shared by Wolf’s staff so far has just one signatory: Katie McGinty, the Democrat’s incoming chief of staff and director of the statewide coordinated campaign supporting Wolf in the general election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.