Perceived ethics violations

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Bob Elliott presented a list of actions performed by fellow supervisors that could be perceived as code of ethics violations.
Most of them were directed at board Vice Chair Chuck Winn with regards to his vote during the appointment of the new county assessor-recorder-county clerk, including campaign contributions received from Steve Bestolarides.
Elliott also cited chair Kathy Miller’s disclosure of research in making her final vote that ultimately gave Bestolarides the job last month.
He said while Miller noted five other supervisors had become county assessors and were currently serving in that capacity, she did not disclose that only one of them had been appointed while serving as supervisor.
That information was revealed in one of my earlier blogs.
However, I must make it clear that Kathy Miller did not withhold any information with regards to current assessors and their previous careers as supervisors.
During the Aug. 25 board of supervisors meeting, she was not asked by fellow supervisors or anyone from the public how those former supervisors had become current assessors.
When I contacted her after the meeting, I only asked which county assessors had previously been supervisors. She provided me with just that — a list of the five, which also had the year in which each had taken the job.
I took it upon myself to research each assessor and discover how they got the job — information that is readily available to the public with internet searches.
Elliott said that the information presented in my blog could be perceived as an ethics violation because Miller did not provide that openly.
In my humble opinion, I don’t see any possible violation, as she only disclosed the information in which she was asked to provide.

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