Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint Allegation by recall sponsor ‘borders on the frivilous,’ he says

Saying an ethics complaint filed by a Homer recall supporter “borders on the frivolous,” an Anchorage administrative law judge last Friday dismissed a complaint filed by Larry Zuccaro against former Homer City Council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds and current council member Donna Aderhold. Zuccaro was one of the sponsors of a petition to recall Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds that ultimately failed at the ballot box.

“Mr. Zuccaro’s complaint is without merit in all respects,” wrote Andrew Lebo, the hearing officer who heard the complaint. “Respondents committed no ethical violations when they fulfilled their duty as council members and voted to certify the recall election.”

Zuccaro alleged that because the three were subject to the recall they should have declared a conflict of interest, and thus they violated Homer’s ethics code when at a June 19 meeting they voted to certify the recall election. He also claimed Lewis violated the ethics code when he seconded a motion to certify the election. In a special election held June 13, all three council members easily defeated an attempt to remove them from office. Lewis and Reynolds chose not to run for re-election and served out their terms in October.

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