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Tag Archives: City of Austin Ethics Review Commission

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commission: Former police monitor did not violate city policy

On Wednesday night, the Ethics Review Commission found that former police monitor Margo Frasier was not in violation of any city policy and did not impose any sanctions against her.By clearing Frasier’s name in a 7-2 vote, the commission took…

Friday, February 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Regret an ethics complaint? City may soon allow take-backs

On occasion, a complaint will come to the Ethics Review Commission only to be later followed by a request for withdrawal. However, according to current code, a request of this nature may not be honored.Concerned with the inability of plaintiffs to…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Commission considers an independent watchdog agency for Austin

Saying that it is time for Austin to have a full-time watchdog, a task force tasked with proposing changes to the city charter is considering ways to establish an independent ethics agency.Currently in Austin, oversight of campaign finance filings and…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ex-Austin Energy employee found not guilty of ethics violation

After a drawn-out series of hearings over the last seven months, the Ethics Review Commission on Jan. 10 found that retired Austin Energy supervisor Stefan Sasko made no violation of the city’s ethics regulations.However, the ruling may have implications for…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditor voices concern about erosion of trust

On Friday, the Office of the City Auditor turned over the name of and allegations made by a whistleblower, as well as the identities of several witnesses, in the investigation of alleged violations of city regulations by Margo Frasier, the…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Commission subpoenas whistleblower notes

The city’s Ethics Review Commission has sent a subpoena to Nathan Wiebe, chief of investigations at the Office of the City Auditor, demanding previously protected information, including the name of and allegations made by a whistleblower against Margo Frasier, Austin’s…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Possible lobbying ordinance changes headed to Council

The Ethics Review Commission approved a series of recommendations for how to amend the city’s Anti-Lobbying Ordinance, portions of which have been criticized as too vague or unfair by solid waste and other contractors who regularly do business with the…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Texas Disposal Systems unhappy with proposed new lobbying rules

City Council is scheduled to take up a recommendation from city staff at its meeting on Thursday that will make changes to the longtime Anti-Lobbying Ordinance in response to problems the city has encountered with its waste contracts.The main problem…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Ethics panel reluctantly approves final hearing for former police monitor

The city’s Ethics Review Commission voted Wednesday to move to a final hearing over whether former police monitor Margo Frasier violated city ordinance by using her city computer for activity related to a private consulting business she ran.The commission voted…

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Ethics complaints filed on two city commissioners

Nathan Wiebe, chief of investigations for the Office of the City Auditor, filed two complaints with the city’s Ethics Review Commission this week against members of advisory commissions.Wiebe filed a complaint against Isabel López-Aguilar, a member of the Hispanic/Latino Quality…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Ethics complaint filed against ex-city employee

Nathan Wiebe, chief of investigations for the Office of the City Auditor, filed a complaint with the city’s Ethics Review Commission on Monday against a retired Austin Energy supervisor.In the complaint, Wiebe laid out a case against Stefan Sasko, who…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics charges dismissed against official in trellis case

A member of the city’s Board of Adjustment will not face a final hearing on charges he involved himself inappropriately in an appeals process involving the neighborhood association of which he is also a founding member.At Wednesday’s meeting of the…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Complaint filed against former police monitor

The Office of the City Auditor has filed an ethics complaint against Austin’s former police monitor, Margo Frasier, alleging that she used her city computer for her outside consulting practice and that such use was a violation of the city’s…

Friday, April 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission sets final hearing for former music department staffer

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission will hold a final hearing next month to determine whether a former music office employee attempted to inappropriately pay herself out of city coffers.The complaint against Ashley Buchanan, who worked as an employee in the Music…

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

What really happened with the new ethics ordinance?

An ordinance approved by City Council last month aims to strengthen the Ethics Review Commission, the citizen panel tasked with investigating and judging ethics complaints made against city officials.The ordinance, which had been in the works for about a year…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Ethics Review Commission weighs campaign finance proposal

Members of the city’s Ethics Review Commission are considering a number of potential changes to Austin’s campaign finance rules in the wake of a federal court ruling that blocked enforcement of certain restrictions on candidate fundraising.In a ruling last year…

Monday, November 14, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics Commission says voters have given Zimmerman a greater sanction than it ever could

Austin’s Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against City Council Member Don Zimmerman on Nov. 9, saying there was no sanction it could give him greater than being voted out of office.Commissioners voted 5-3 in favor of the complainant. But, in…

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman campaign mailer provokes ethics complaint

City Council Member Don Zimmerman may once again face the wrath of the Ethics Review Commission for violating a campaign finance ordinance that he believes is not legal.The outspoken conservative possibly broke city campaign rules, the commission decided Wednesday, when…

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Complaint filed against former housing director

The chief of investigations for Austin’s Office of the City Auditor filed a complaint late Wednesday against Betsy Spencer, the former director of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, with the city’s Ethics Review Commission.In that complaint, Chief of Investigations Nathan…

Monday, June 27, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics complaints over free SXSW tickets dismissed

Complaints against two city officials alleging that they used their positions to acquire free tickets to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival were dismissed quickly by the City Council Ethics Review Commission on June 22.The commission determined that although the high…

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