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Tag Archives: City of Austin Ethics Review Commission

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission declines to weigh in on city anti-discrimination and harassment policy

City Council recently asked the Ethics Review Commission to review its proposed amendments to the anti-discrimination/anti-harassment portion of the City Code, which includes language such as “No City official or employee shall engage in conduct or use language that is…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City ethics rule may be unconstitutional

Mayor Steve Adler’s campaign manager filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Megaphone GPAC, a general purpose political action committee opposing the mayor’s re-election. But it seems likely that the complaint will be dismissed, according to attorneys familiar with election law.Adler’s…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Who stands alone?

You can’t say that… During a discussion at Thursday’s City Council meeting about a city home repair program for low-income households, Mayor Steve Adler took an opportunity to remind those watching about the $250 million affordable housing bond that will…

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission considers examining possible ‘dark money’ violation

Members of Austin’s Ethics Review Commission are eager to examine a potential violation of the city’s “dark money” campaign finance law that has generated press attention and speculation in city political circles in recent weeks.At Wednesday night’s meeting, Commissioner Debra…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Final hearing scheduled for fraudulent vacation time case

After retiring in June of last year, Curtis Graves, a former superintendent of system operations at Austin Energy, found out that he was under investigation for his use of vacation and sick time by both Austin Energy’s internal Human Resources…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission weighs in on potential charter changes

In the midst of discussions about soccer stadiums, CodeNEXT and the 2018 bond, the Charter Review Commission is asking citizens to consider one more thing: changes to the city charter.At its June 13 meeting, members of the Ethics Review Commission…

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council adopts new rules for subpoenas

On Thursday, City Council adopted regulations that make it clear that the Ethics Review Commission may not seek information identifying whistleblowers or other witnesses in complaints about city officials or employees. In addition, Council designated the Council Audit and Finance…

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…

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