In March I wrote a
post about a situation in La Crosse
, Wisconsin where the mayor
brought his father, who runs a refuse business, to meet with a county
official about a county solid waste assessment. A council member sought
advice from the city attorney rather than the city ethics board, and
then the mayor said he would put the matter before the ethics board.
His father's company has a refuse contract with the mayor's city.
First Ask for an Advisory Opinion That Doesn't Match the Facts
But according to a
Crosse Tribune article
in May, the mayor asked the ethics board
"whether it's appropriate to participate in discussions
regarding a business he isn't employed by and doesn't have an
ownership stake in." His request didn't mention the meetings with the
county official, to which he brought his father. In other words, it was
a request for advice on a hypothetical situation, when there was a different, real
situation involved. This is extremely disingenuous, and the ethics
board should have refused to give an opinion.