At last week's Kodiak Island
Borough Assembly work session one of the items on the agenda was a review of
the borough's "Conflict of Interest Code." Assembly member Louise Stutes has
introduced a proposal to replace the borough's "Conflict of Interest Code" with
a "Code of Ethics." The topic generated considerable public comment and discussion
by assembly members.
The current code of ethics forbids
assembly members from participating in decisions which would result in their own
personal financial gain. Stute's proposal expands the definition of conflict of
interest beyond personal financial gain. Her proposal suggests that assembly members
should not be allowed to serve on the board of a non-profit that receives money
from the borough. At last week's assembly work session Stutes further explained
her proposed revision of the conflict of interest code:
-- (conflict of interest code 1 1:08 "..place to start from.)
member Pat Branson,works for a non-profit agency in Kodiak. Attending
Thursday's meeting by phone, Branson said she was concerned about the wording
in the code revisions as presented in the proposal.
-- (conflict of interest code 2 :42 "...are looking at
is the executive director of the Kodiak Arts Council. Quass was one of a
handful of residents who addressed the issue of assembly members volunteering
with non-profit groups.
-- (conflict of interest code 3 :49 "make
a better decision for it)
specifics of the code are still in question, the members of the assembly appeared
agreeable to the idea of creating a code of ethics for the borough to adopt.
Seven of the eighteen Alaska Boroughs have adopted ethics codes.
member Branson suggested they study the codes of other organizations.
-- (conflict of interest code 4 :35 "...other agencies
do so as well.")
Island Borough Assembly will meet later this month to further review and
discuss the borough's Conflict of Interest Code.