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Tacoma Ethics Board clears Campbell in complaint; still assessing allegations against Strickland

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on March 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
March 25, 2011 4:25 pm

Tacoma Ethics Board members tossed out a citizen complaint against City Councilman Marty Campbell during a meeting Thursday night.

The board also decided to take more time in assessing two complaints against Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

Following separate closed-door discussions, the board dismissed a complaint that Campbell misled a citizen about a public meeting.

The allegations against Campbell, “even if true,” would not constitute a violation of the city’s ethics code, Sean Armentrout, the five-member panel’s chairman, announced.

Local gadfly John Hathaway had complained Campbell misled the operator of an Eastside food bank about a recent public meeting.

Campbell told The News Tribune last week he did nothing wrong. He could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

Regarding Strickland, Armentrout said the board wants more information before it can rule on complaints about the mayor, the meeting recording shows.

The complaint contends she violated the code by using airline miles donated by a local businessman for a recent trip to Asia, as revealed by Lewis Kamb’s reporting.

She told The News Tribune earlier this month she used the miles to save the city the expense; she has since said she’ll reimburse the businessman.

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