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Ethics panel calls for change

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Though the Ethics Review Commission found that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo violated city code on Tuesday, during that same meeting it also made clear that it had no desire to deal with anything like that again. Commissioners also voted unanimously to recommend a code change that would ensure the ERC “may not hear or initiate a sworn complaint alleging a violation of Article 4 (Code of Ethics) against a member of the City’s classified municipal civil service system or a member of a state civil service system.” The recommendation will go to City Council. This whisper has been corrected to reflect the fact that the change will not actually exempt the city’s Police Chief from ERC jurisdiction.

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