Our city attorney continues to try to stretch the rules.
Our ethics ordinance requires the city attorney to refer ethics complaints to the ethics review commission (if the complaint is properly filed and the city attorney does not find grounds to dismiss the complaint) within 20 days.
That has not happened in the recent cases relating to city council members.
The chairman of the ethics review commission pointed this out to an assistant city attorney the other day in a public meeting and was told that the city “was counting based on business days”.
The chairman, who is a lawyer, said that the ordinance did not specify “business” days and thus the term did not apply.
Why is it that so many of our government employees now play fast and loose with our laws?
Aren’t they supposed to be representing our interests?
Shouldn’t our city attorney be our foremost advocate for doing things legally?
We deserve better