One of the key issues that I raised and ran on in my 2008 campaign for city council was the need for an independent ethics commission. The pressure that citizens put on for this led to the implementation shortly after my election. I am grateful that we have this organization, and it is filled with people that are NOT appointed by city hall.
Complaint 1 – pertaining to the handling of a conflict of interest – Dismissed 4-1 with Ray Schmitz dissenting based on the timing of some events (I think).
In this video comments are made alleging wrongdoing by city staff. I am not going to comment on the video other than to say that I am sharing it because I think you will find it interesting. I will comment more after the ethics case is resolved.
I am glad that we have an independent ethics commission that can field this complaint. I am disappointed that staff chose not to send this on themselves and rather waited for it to come in. It will be interested to see how the ethics commission handles this one. As a reminder, the city council specifically does not appoint members to the ethics commission.