In this morning’s print edition, Lewis Kamb reported some of the fine print in the City of Tacoma’s ethics investigation into Councilman David Boe. The city’s Board of Ethics cleared Boe, a Tacoma architect, of conflict of interest for voting on bids for the renovation of Cheney Stadium, after he had worked without pay on designs for losing bidder Wade Perrow Construction. But the investigation released this week makes it clear that while there was no direct financial interest in the Cheney project, Bot has an extensive and ongoing business relationship with Perrow.
From the story:
Tacoma City Councilman David Boe’s private architectural firm draws nearly half its income from working with a local construction company that he helped to bid for a city contract to revamp Cheney Stadium just before joining the council earlier this year.
In fact, when business was slow in early 2009, Gig Harbor-based Wade Perrow Construction gave work it “did not strictly need” to Boe’s firm “in order to help out Mr. Boe and allow him to pay his staff,” a city report says.
When Perrow came to Boe earlier this year needing quick design revisions on its ballpark bid, Boe “felt he really could not say no,” according to the report.
Here is the entire investigation and finding from the ethics panel: Boe ethics report