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Community Invited to Annual Business Ethics Seminar on March 17, 2008

The  community is invited to attend Reinhardt College's annual Business Ethics seminar on Monday, March 17, 2008, from 1- 2:15 p.m. on the upper level of the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center in Waleska, Ga.  The seminar is hosted by the Peter S. Knox Program in Business Ethics in the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt and is open to the public free of charge.  The Knox Family Foundation and the Tull Foundation provides funds for this annual seminar.

Reinhardt alumni Major Vic West and Lieutenant Bert Love of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office will speak at the event.  They will focus on government business practices as related to ethics.  "Basically, we will cover purchasing, government contracts, special relationships with vendors, employee selection and ethical decision-making," West said.

Reinhardt Associate Professor of Business Dr. Bonnie E. Garson is planning the seminar and said she expects the audience to gain a greater understanding of how business decisions can be made in an ethical framework. 

West has been in law enforcement for 30 years, 24 of which have been in Cherokee County.  He has served as the narcotics unit commander, criminal investigations division commander, and is currently field operations commander.  In this role, he is responsible for all law enforcement operations provided by the sheriff's office, including the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Violent Crimes Division, the Traffic Enforcement Unit, the agency SWAT Team and Negotiations Team.  Field Operations has eight precincts located throughout the county with just over 200 officers.

West is a member of the Georgia Association of Chief of Police, Cherokee County of Commerce, and the Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services Board of Directors. He is also a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Reinhardt College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Columbus State instructing in the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. 

Love was valedictorian of both his graduating classes at Reinhardt College.  He earned and associate degree in criminal justice in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2001.  He currently attends Columbus State University where he will receive a Master's in Public Administration.  He has been employed with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office for 17 years and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he manages the property crimes, white collar crimes, and high tech crime units.  He is married with one child.

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