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Langley seeks ethics interest

The Langley City Council is looking for no more than seven good people to form a committee to update the city’s ethics policy.

Mayor Pro-Tem Hal Seligson proposed the committee, saying the ethics portion of the present city code “doesn’t deal with a hell of a lot.” A more thorough code of ethics, he said, “would enhance the confidence of the people.”

Councilman Bruce Allen suggested at least one city council or staff member be part of the committee, a suggestion ultimately agreed to by the council. But the rest of the committee members would be citizens from the Langley area. As an example, Seligson said a clergy person could sit on the committee, which he described as “a group of independent people.”

The council is looking for a few pages of ethical rules written in “plain English,” Seligson said. Councilman Jim Sundberg suggested seven as the maximum number of council members, and all agreed.

Anyone interested in sitting on the committee should contact City Hall. There will be staff assistance, and the work is expected to take several months.

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