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How to File an Ethics Complaint on Cheri Kidd



Marolee Smith, an unsuccessful candidate for city council attended the recent city council meeting and later filed this Ethics Violation charge against acting Mayor, Cherie Kidd. Smith ran against Michael Meridith who won the seat vacated by former mayor, Dan Di Giglio. Smith WAS NOT running against Kidd.
Marolee D. Smith
maroleedsmith@gmail.com

February 4, 2016

City of Port Angeles
321 E 5th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Jennifer Veneklasen, City Clerk

RE City Code Ethical Conduct 2.78.060 Filing a Complaint
I wish to file a complaint against Council Member Kidd for violations which occurred at the regular City Council Meeting on the night of February 2, 2016, for violations of Chapter 2.78 City of Port Angeles Code of Ethical Conduct.
Chapter 2.78.50 Role of Elected Officials, Paragraph J. says:
“General Standards of Conduct. Public officials shall comply with the laws, policies, rules, and procedures of the City.
Public officials shall not engage in any conduct or activities that reflect discredit on the public officials, tend to bring the city into disrepute, or impair its efficient and effective operation.
Public officials shall be honest, accurate, complete, and truthful in all matters dealing with citizens and with other City Council members.
Public officials shall refrain from abusive conduct, personal chargers, and verbal attacks upon the character or motives of other public officials, staff, or the public.
When in public, public officials shall explicitly state that any personal opinions do not represent the City.
No public official shall commit any act of moral turpitude or dishonesty relating to his or her duties or position as a public official. Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude is conclusive evidence of a violation of this Code of Ethical Conduct. Public officials shall conduct themselves in a manner that will foster cooperation among citizens and members of this City Council, showing respect, courtesy, and professionalism in their dealings with one another.
Public officials shall not use language or engage in acts that demean, harass, or intimidate another person.
Public officials shall conduct themselves toward the public in a civil and professional manner that will foster public respect and cooperation.
Public officials shall not, unless expressly authorized, make any statements, speeches, or appearances that could reasonably be considered to represent the views of the city or the City Council.


2.78.060 – Filing a complaint.
A complaint alleging a violation of this Code of Ethical Conduct by a current or former public official shall be filed with the City Clerk.
1. The complaint must cite the specific violation of the Code of Ethical Conduct as defined in the section 2.78.050 PAMC.
2. The complaint must include the signature, mailing address, and contact telephone number of the individual submitting the complaint.
3. Any complaint filed shall be a record open and available to the public.
B. The City Clerk shall notify the City Council of the alleged complaint. At the next regular City Council meeting, the Council will assemble a Board of Ethics for disposition pursuant to the procedures set forth in section 2.78.070 PAMC.
(Ord. No. 3466, § 1, 11-6-2012)

Please find, commencing on page 3, my ethics complaint against Cheryl A. Kidd, Deputy Mayor/Council Position #7, City of Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington State.