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by Earl Gipson
February 10, 2014
Dear SeaTac City Council,
I have now requested that the SeaTac Council establish an enforceable City wide Code of Ethics for employees and Elected Officials alike on numerous occasions such as in Council Public Comments, in writing, and in the media.
Over the years most of you have come to know me to be relentless in my pursuit of accountable City government. A City wide, enforceable, and codified Code of Ethics is part of that pursuit. Rather than Citizens continuing to point out ethical lapses by some, lets do something different.
I request that one or more Council members put this forward as a resolution, perhaps form a committee to evaluate options (there are many examples of ethics codes out there- see MRSC). Further, it is my request that a Code of Ethics be established by the end of this year by the Council.
It should be the initiative of the Council and not Citizens such as myself to insist on ethical behavior but insist I/we will if some movement is not shown by the Council soon in this regard. Those who oppose a Code of Ethics, in my view, must have a reason and from what I have seen and read it is fairly obvious who and why.
While I maintain a sense of humor, do not think for a minute this is some kind of game to me nor is it funny that I/we has thus far been ignored.
Thank you for your service to our City.