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Commission convenes workshop for ethics code in Langley

September 13, 2013 · Updated 2:51 PM

Langley’s Ethics Commission will gather at the start of October for a workshop on the city’s proposed code of ethics, a 44-page document.

The meeting is set for 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 4. Langley City Council members said they expect the meeting to last at least one hour, maybe longer.

“If we need three hours, that’s fine,” said Councilmember Jim Sundberg. “If we finish faster, that’s great.”

The commission was created at the request of the city council and has little involvement with city staff or council members. It came on the heels of the resignation of former mayor Larry Kwarsick, who stepped down after he pled guilty to falsifying a city document while he was the city’s planning director. The altered document was for a family member’s home in 2011, and charges were filed by the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kwarsick was not alone in city scandal. His predecessor, Paul Samuelson, came under fire for his vacation pay and high salary as mayor of a city with a 1,200-person population.

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