News City Council Members Push to Close Ethics Fine Loophole
posted by August 28 at 16:30 PMon
Earlier this week, City Council Member Richard McIver tried to use taxpayer money to pay two $500 ethics violation fines, using a city policy loophole which indemnifies council members against any financial penalties incurred in the course of their work on the council.
In response, Council Members Sally Clark, Tim Burgess, Tom Rasmussen, Jean Godden and Richard Conlin distributed a letter earlier this afternoon, promising to close the loophole some time in September.
Moments ago, McIver sent out his own letter:
Today I delivered a personal check for $1,000 to the Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission in payment for the fine assessed by that body. While my earlier action to have the City’s Judgment Claims Fund pay this fine is legally defensible, it is clear that it is not politically acceptable and creates the appearance that I somehow feel that the City’s ethics sanctions do not apply to me. That is not the case and not the impression that I want to give to the citizens of Seattle.
Good. Glad that’s settled.