this year, the issue of a Kodiak Island Borough "code of ethics" surfaced in
the borough assembly. An assembly conflict-of-interest code exists, but members
felt it needed examination and revision.
time, Assembly member Louise Stutes proposed a conflict of interest code for the
Assembly to adopt. That measure failed, but they did choose to make a study of
the codes of other governments in areas similar to Kodiak.
clerk Nova Javier has been studying ethics codes and gathering
information about them for the assembly to review. At last night's meeting her
findings were introduced.
Javier focused on the city of Haines'
ethics code as a model to consider.
Of the members that joined in the discussion at last night's
workshop, there was one clear point of agreement regarding the sample code: it
was too lengthy.
Mayor Jerome Selby was one of those who felt like a new Kodiak Island Borough ethics
policy should be short and too the point. He, and other members of the assembly,
felt that the sample document went into too
much detail. He felt like the document should stick to stating
conflict-of-interest policy and stay away from legal opinions or analysis.
While reviewing the sample document, Selby said he wants a code of ethics
that's clear and to the point.
-- (ethics code 1 "Now then it ... hard is
Stutes, who raised the
conflict-of-interest question earlier this year during discussion of the
Threshold recycling contract, agreed that the clearer the code, the better.
-- (ethics code 2 "In
the information ...its right there.")
During contract negotiation with
Threshold Incorporated, Stutes expressed her belief that assembly woman Chris
Lynch should not take part in the discussion or vote on the issue since Lynch
is the president of the Threshold board.
that since Lynch's position with Threshold was voluntary, she was not in conflict since she didn't stand
to make any money through the borough contract.
not participate in last night's discussion on the adoption of a new conflict of
interest code. Assembly woman Pat
Branson brought up an issue that was a sticking point in earlier discussions:
What would happen if board members of non-profits could not serve on the
Assembly or if assembly members are not allowed to vote on topics affecting the
non-profits they volunteer with?
-- (ethics code 3 "I just want ... my other concern.")
assembly members have offered their input, the Borough Clerk's office will work
on another draft of a new conflict of interest code for their consideration.