As an elected official, I understand the need to have a citizens Board of Ethics oversee the actions of governing bodies. I thank this group, as I believe it opened the eyes of many of us who strive to serve the public to the best of our ability, yet acknowledge we have much to learn.
Your headline would lead the reader to believe that Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland did something terribly wrong, when in fact if you read the details it clearly explains that her goal was to save taxpayers money with her acceptance of frequent flyer miles from Ron Chow, and that the board determined that he did not “request or suggest future business.”
Strickland has handled this violation by agreeing to repay Chow from personal finances. She has very graciously accepted the charges and without doubt believed she was not doing anything wrong.
We are often too quick to point the finger at leaders who are working very hard to make our community a better place for all. She should be thanked and praised for serving with the best of intentions, not criticized for being human.
(Grassi is the mayor pro tem of University Place.)