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- Ethics complaints were filed against the city attorney, the mayor, and some city representatives
- The city attorney hired a law firm to act as outside legal counsel and to review the issues
- The outside legal counsel dismissed the complaints against the people who hired him
We don’t see a provision in the city’s ethics ordinance for anyone other than the city attorney or the ethics review commission to dismiss a complaint.
If the outside counsel only made a recommendation to the ethics review commission we might suspect that he was doing his master’s bidding. For the outside counsel to unilaterally dismiss the cases against his masters is a clear conflict of interest.
The chairman of the ethics review commission disagreed with the dismissal.
We deserve better