County councilmen Stump, Hess comply with anti-nepotism law

Elkhart County Council members David Hess and Tom Stump complied with anti-nepotism laws this week by disclosing relationships with companies that may provide services to the county through a contract.

Posted on Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 14, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.

GOSHEN — Two Elkhart County Council members have filed conflict of interest statements disclosing relationships to companies that may provide services to the county.

Councilmen Tom Stump and David Hess, the board’s vice president, have complied with Indiana anti-nepotism laws, which require county council members and commissioners to divulge any interest in a business that is owned — wholly or partially — by themselves or a family member that may enter into a contract with the county for goods, services or public works.

Hess submitted paperwork that was approved by the commissioners Monday, Jan. 13, disclosing two family members are contractors for legal and mowing services. His son-in-law, Jeffrey Lund, is a partner at the Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer and Buckingham law firm, which provides legal services to the county. Hess’ son, James Hess, is a contractor for a mowing service.

Stump filed two disclosure statements — one for himself and one for his father. Stump owns Cripe Septic Cleaning Services and Rain Flow of Michiana, which provides gutter installation, maintenance and cleaning services. His father, Lloyd Stump, is a minority shareholder for both businesses.

The county revised its anti-nepotism law in 2012 to keep up with changes in Indiana’s code that address government officials hiring family members.

The disclosures submitted by Stump and Hess are required to be filed with the Indiana Board of Accounts and the Elkhart County clerk within 15 days.


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