On Wednesday, the City of Seattle’s Ethics Commission was ready to discuss the settlement agreement over the corruption investigation into Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Scott Kubly. Only, Kubly wasn’t ready to discuss his violations.
According to reports, Kubly showed up about 30 minutes late for the ethics commission’s meeting. Via MyNorthwest.com:
“Commission Chair Eileen Norton said she was ‘very disappointed’ that Kubly was not present at the start of the meeting.
“‘Do we know why he is not here,’ Norton asked.
“But Kubly soon rushed into the room, explaining he was not aware that he was expected to be there.”
Kubly proceeded to apologize to the ethics commission, stating: “I want to take a moment up front to apologize for this happening and for the distraction it’s caused…” He later added, “It is really frustrating that this ethics investigation is overshadowing (other) news – just today we got a $5 million grant to pay for the Lander street overpass.”
Kubly was fined $10,000. However, he will only have to pay $5,000 due to the city’s decision to suspended half of the fines long as he doesn’t commit another material violation of the rules over the next two years.
As KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson put it, Kubly’s fine is a “joke.” In fact, the ethics investigation ended up costing taxpayers more than Kubly was fined. Monson stated:
“The other reason this is such a clown show: The city hired a former prosecutor to do the ethics investigation of Scott Kubly — Marilyn Brenneman. I went back when I heard that Kubly agreed to a $10,000 settlement to see how much the city is paying Marilyn Brenneman. Their contract with this former prosecutor to investigate Scott Kubly’s ethics violations calls for her to make $20,000. So in other words, the cost of Kubly’s ethics violation investigation to the taxpayers is more than what his fine is. It is another way Scott Kubly has figured out how to screw over the taxpayers of this region. We have to pay an investigator more than what his fine is.”
Ladies and gentle, Seattle liberals at work.