This just in…Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams is breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon as the State Ethics Commission dismissed ethics complaints lodged by the city council. The council contended that Mayor Williams was actively working, behind the scenes, to get city vacation rental rules changed that would have financially benefitted his family since they own vacation rentals.
This afternoon Ethics Commission Director Ronald Bersin told News Lincoln County that the vote was 5 to Zero to not pursue an ethics violation because of what their preliminary investigation produced. Bersin said the test of moving ahead with such an action depends on whether there was a “substantial objective basis” on which to base that investigation. Berlin said the commission voted that there was no substantial objective basis that an ethics violation occurred.
A little later this evening we’ll have a full analysis of the Ethics Commission findings. So highlites that were most interesting was findings that the Ethics Commission investigators didn’t think there was enough back up material, or evidence, that pointed to ethics violations that met the criteria of having a substantial objective basis for proceeding further. Also that Mayor Williams appears to be in an “economic class,” VRD owners, that means he would not be the only person who benefited from his own actions if the rules were changed.
We’ll have an update later this evening.