Langley’s ethics board has a new member.
Bob French, a Langley resident, was appointed to the ethics board at the Langley City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Feb. 7. French filled a position vacated by Marilee Seligson in February 2016 due to her being involved in other community activities.
“Quite honestly, he’s probably one of the most honest people I know,” said Bob Frause, board chairman, in a phone interview Friday morning. “He’s always concerned with how to make the community better.”
“He doesn’t necessarily have as much of a background in ethics as the rest of the board, but based on his contributions at two meetings, he’s added a new dimension.”
The ethics board now has five members: Frause, French, Fred Herzon, Sharon Betcher and Monica Guzman.
French was appointed following an application process that included letters of recommendation, a background check and interviews with the ethics board and a city committee.
The ethics board’s most recent contribution was an advisory to the Langley City Council regarding whether or not the city should declare itself a sanctuary city. The advisory stated that it would not be unethical to adopt sanctuary city status, but recommended the city council table a decision in favor of two alternative options that would avoid potential violations of public officials’ oaths of office.