After a closed-door meeting for about two hours tonight, the Tacoma Board of Ethics publicly announced an investigation “failed to establish” City Councilman David Boe violated city ethics rules when he belatedly disclosed his ties to a team competing for a city contract to renovate Cheney Stadium.
Ethics panel chairwoman Julie Myers read from a prepared statement when announcing the board’s decision. She noted the board will not recommend sanctions in the case, though the board added that Boe’s actions also were “inconsistent with the intent of the code that City officials avoid conflicts of interest.”
Boe, who was on hand for the announcement, said he was thankful that the panel carefully considered the issue. He added that the nearly two-month ethics investigation and deliberations by the board were both a “lesson learned” and a “black eye” for him.
He was also apologetic — chalking up his late public disclosure to a rookie’s mistake by a newly appointed councilman.
“I’m embarrassed that I even brought the city of Tacoma here, to this point tonight, to have to look at this issue,” he said.
(We’ve written a lot about this matter already — including this post about recent emails we obtained that show Boe informed the city about his ties with one of the losing bid teams for the ballpark contract before he joined the council.)
We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s News Tribune. In the meantime, here’s the full statement issued tonight by the ethics board:
May 24, 2010
Statement of City of Tacoma Board of Ethics
Complaint No. 10‐001
The Board has made a determination that a preponderance of evidence fails to establish a violation of the specific prohibited conduct contained in the Code of Ethics. However, the Board finds that Councilmember Boe’s actions were inconsistent with the intent of the code that City officials avoid conflicts of interest.
The Board will not be recommending sanctions. The Board will issue written findings, conclusions and a recommended disposition. Councilmember Boe will be afforded the opportunity to respond, should he so desire.