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Anderson Ethics Findings

Anderson Ethics Findings

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Published by Tacoma News Tribune
Tacoma Board of Ethics written findings dismissing ethics complaint vs. Eric Anderson
Tacoma Board of Ethics written findings dismissing ethics complaint vs. Eric Anderson

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City
ofTacoma
LegalDepartment-CityClerk'sOfficeMay13,2011Mr.EricAndersonCityManagerCityofTacoma747MarketStreetRoom1200Tacoma,
VVJ\98402
RE:EthicsComplaintNo.2011-004(CityManagerEricAnderson)DearMr.Anderson:PertheMunicipalCode,attachedistheOrderoftheBoardofEthicsdismissingComplaintNo.2011-004(CityManagerEricAnderson).Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecontactme.Regards,DorisSorumCityClerkLiaisontotheBoardofEthics253-591-5361DSorum@cityoftacoma.orgAttachment
747MarketStreet.Room220ITacoma,Wa98402-37681(253)591-5171IFAX(253)591-5300www.ci18OItacoma.org
 
BEFORETHEBOARDOFETHICSFORTHECITYOFTACOMABoardofEthicsComplaintNo.
2011
w
004
FINDINGS,CONCLUSIONSANDORDEROFDISMISSALOFBOARDOFETHICSIntheMatteroftheComplaintAgainstCityManagerEricAnderson
I.JURISDICTIONANDPROCEDURALHISTORY
1.1.
ThisBoardofEthics(Board)hasjurisdictionoverthismatterforpurposesofmakingfindingsoffact,conclusionsoflawanddispositionpursuantto(Amended)TacomaMunicipalCode(TMC)
1.46.045
F.1
1.2.
OnMarch
11,2011
theCityreceivedacomplaintfiledbyJohnHathawaythroughtheCity'sConductComplaintProcessingsystem,inquiringwhethercertainfactsrelatedtotheprocesstoawardacontractrelatedtotheCity'sDeferredCompensationPlantoICMARetirementCorporation,whenCityManagerEricAndersonservesasaBoardMemberoftheICMARetirementCorporation,establishedaviolationoftheCityofTacomaCodeofEthicsprovisionsrelatedto"undueinfluenceandconflictofinterest."ThecomplaintwasprocessedasanethicscomplaintagainstCityManagerAnderson,wasassignedNo.
2011-004
andwasforwardedtotheBoardofEthicsforitsconsideration.
1.3.
TheBoardinitiallyconsideredComplaint
2011-004
inanadjudicativesessionofadulynoticedSpecialMeetingonMarch
31,2011
anddeterminedthatfurther
1
TheCityofTacomaCodeofEthics,Chapter1.46TMCwasamendedbyOrdinance27973,effectivedateMarch21,2011.BecausetheconductthatisthesubjectofthisComplaintoccurredpriortotheeffectivedateoftheamendment,theBoardconsideredtheallegationscontainedinthecomplaintaccordingtothetypesofconductprohibitedinthepriorversionoftheCodeofEthicsatformerTMC1.46.030.However,theamendedCodeisapplicabletodefinetheprocessfortheBoard'sevaluationofcomplaints;thereforethisOrdercontainscitationstoboththeamendedCodeandthepriorCode.FINDINGS,CONCLUSIONSANDORDEROFDISMISSALOFBOARDOFETHICSCOMPLAINTNO.2011-004-1
 
informationwasnecessarytobepresentedfortheBoardtodetermineifaviolationoftheCodeofEthicshadoccurred.(Amended)TMC1.46.045F(2)(b)(ii).1.4.InordertoestablishthefactualrecordnecessarytodeterminewhetheraviolationoftheCodeofEthicshadoccurredtheBoardconductedaninvestigationintheformofwritteninterrogatoriesissuedtoCityManagerEricAndersonandtothosemembersoftheCity'sDeferredCompensationCommitteewhoultimatelyreporttotheCityManager.1.5.ThewritteninterrogatorieswerereturnedtotheBoardandthesworntestimonycontainedtherein,togetherwithcertainfactsofwhichtheBoardtakesjudicialnotice,arethebasesoftheFindingsofFactcontainedinSectionIIbelow.ThewritteninterrogatoriesandresponsesaredeemedtheBoard'srecordofthismatterandareappendedtothisOrder.1.6.TheBoardconsideredComplaintNo.2011-004andtherecordofthismatterduringanadjudicativesessionofadulynoticedSpecialMeetingonApril27,2011.1.7.ThefactsfoundbytheBoardhereinarebyapreponderanceoftheevidencebeforetheBoard.II.FINDINGSOFFACT2.1.ForpurposesofitsinvestigationoftheallegationsraisedbyComplaintNo.2011-004theBoardtakesjudicialnoticeofthefollowing:2.1.1.TheCityofTacomahasanInternalRevenueCodeSection457(f)(1)DeferredCompensationPlan.2.1.2.TheCity'sDeferredCompensationPlanisadministeredbyaCommitteeconsistingoftheCity'sHumanResourceDirector,theChiefAssistantCityAttorney,theCityTreasurer,theManagerofPublicUtilitiesPersonnel;theRiskManager;aJointLaborCommitteeRepresentativeoftheirrespectivedesignees.2.1.3.OftheabovelistedDeferredCompensationCommitteeMembersonlytheCity'sHumanResourceDirector,theChiefAssistantCityAttorney,theCityTreasurerandtheRiskManagerreporttotheCityManager,eitherdirectlyorultimately.
FINDINGS,CONCLUSIONSANDORDEROFDISMISSALOFBOARDOFETHICSCOMPLAINTNO.2011-004-2

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