Numerous elected Lowndes County and Columbus area officials failed to file their 2015 statements of economic interest online with the Mississippi Ethics Commission by Sunday’s deadlines according to a review by the Columbus Dispatch.
Those failing to file include three supervisors, four other county incumbents, three city councilmen, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and state Sen. Angela Turner, D-West Point.
The two-page document provides a brief snapshot of officials’ economic ties, including income earned from all businesses and entities, control or ownership of companies and work and financial ties of spouses and other persons who reside with them.
All statewide, district, county and municipal incumbents must file every year on or before May 1, while appointees must file within 30 days of assuming office. Candidates up for election must also file within 15 days of qualifying.
Anyone who fails to file within a year of their applicable deadline or who knowingly fails to disclose required information can be fined up to $10,000, according to the commission’s website.