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Ethics code may get update

Last modified: 8/12/2012 12:00:00 AM

Concord's code of ethics for public officials is less than a year old, but it could be getting some changes in the coming months.

The city council enacted the ethics code in September, also creating a five-member Board of Ethics to weigh and investigate citizen complaints against city officials. The board reviewed its first five complaints last month, dismissing each of them as not meriting further investigation.

Now, Mayor Jim Bouley - the subject of two of those dismissed complaints - wants the ethics board to suggest changes to the existing rules based on its experience so far.

''Now that the city's Board of Ethics has had the opportunity to review complaints in accordance with the city's ethics ordinance, I request that the city council refer a review of the city's ethics ordinance to the Board of Ethics to recommend, what, if any, amendments may be made to said ordinance to ensure a fair and efficient review of ethics complaints,'' Bouley wrote in a message to the city council dated Tuesday.

Bouley's request is on the consent agenda for tomorrow night's council meeting.

Also asking for changes: state Rep. Rick Watrous, who filed four complaints against city officials, including the two against Bouley. (All were dismissed.)

In a July 26 letter to Bouley and the city council, Watrous called the current process ''heavily biased against any citizen who files a complaint'' and offered to work with officials ''to achieve a fair ethics process that will better service the citizens of Concord.''

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)'


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