Tacoma’s citizen Board of Ethics issued findings today that Mayor Marilyn Strickland violated the city’s ethics code by accepting a “prohibited gift” when she used a Lakewood businessman’s frequent flier miles to pay for a recent business trip to Asia.
“Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s receipt of the frequent flyer miles constitutes receipt of a prohibited gift … and is a violation of the city’s Code of Ethics,” the board found in an 11-page report released today.
As punishment, the board recommended that by majority vote, the city council request the deputy mayor admonish Strickland for accepting a banned gift, and that all such travel-related gift offers meant to offset city costs be first brought before the council in the future.
In a brief telephone call Thursday, Strickland said she accepts the board’s findings and didn’t plan to appeal.
“I’m OK with it,” she said. “We’ve spent enough time on this already, I think.”
In its report, the board noted that Strickland could have avoided the code violation under a state law that allows municipal authorities to accept donations.