Tacoma’s citizen Board of Ethics has dismissed a complaint against City Manager Eric Anderson, finding “no facts have been shown” to establish any real or apparent violation of the city’s ethics code.
The complaint against Anderson — filed by local gadfly John Hathaway — alleged a conflict-of-interest over Anderson’s volunteer ties to a nonprofit retirement corporation and a city committee’s recent decision to contract with the same firm to handle an employee pension plan.
The city’s Deferred Compensation Committee sought to award a single-vendor contract with the International City/County Management Association Retirement Corporation to handle the city workers’ pension plan. Anderson has voluntarily served on the ICMA-RC’s directors’ board since 2004.
Anderson has said the city committee made its decision about the contract independently and without his knowledge. Once he learned about the decision, he said he took actions to “insulate myself” against any potential conflict.
The ethics board agreed, issuing a report today that found Anderson had no influence on the committee’s decision, nor did he have any financial interest.
Meanwhile, the board has yet to issue written findings on separate complaints made against Mayor Marilyn Strickland in connection with her acceptance of a Lakewood businessman’s frequent flyer miles to cover her airfare costs for a recent trip to Asia, as reported in this blog. City Clerk Doris Sorum said today the board likely will issue the Strickland findings next week.