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Ethics Complaints Filed Against Forsyth Sheriff, Commissioners

Complainants allege misconduct ranging from using county assets to support a person's candidacy for office to voting on a road widening project they allegedly had financial ties to.

(L-R) Forsyth County Commissioners Cindy Mills and Pete Amos and Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper are the subjects of ethics complaints filed by two county residents. Credit: Patch File Photos
(L-R) Forsyth County Commissioners Cindy Mills and Pete Amos and Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper are the subjects of ethics complaints filed by two county residents. Credit: Patch File Photos
Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper and two county commissioners have become targets of ethics complaints separately filed by two different residents.

Both Robert Rorke and Ann Adams have filed ethics complaints against Commissioner Cindy Mills. Rorke also filed complaints against Piper and Commissioner Pete Amos.

According to Forsyth County News, Rorke contends that Piper acted inappropriately by using his office and county assets to support the candidacy of a state senator and David Hole for a county commission seat. Hole lost in the primaries to incumbent Todd Levent.

Piper argued that Rorke's allegations were groundless and came from a personal vendetta Rorke has against him.

Rorke's complain against Amos claims that the commissioner violated his oath of office when he voted to approve the widening of Castleberry Road. Following the vote, there was a zoning request for property owned by the commissioner which is within three miles of the road in question.

Commissioner Mills drew Rorke's attention by virtue of being professionally associated with a parcel of land on Castleberry Road.

Ann Adams' complaint against Mills stems from a June planning board meeting that she allegedly abruptly left from, followed by alleged inappropriate remarks on Facebook about an item on the planning board agenda.

Amos and Mills have yet to file formal responses to the ethics complaints, but both denied wrongdoing to Forsyth County News.

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