Mayor-elect pledges to follow ethics amendment | AspenTimes.com

Mayor-elect pledges to follow ethics amendment

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:My announced intention to adhere to the spirit and intent of the Colorado ethics amendment as adopted by the voters last fall is not, and was not intended as, a criticism of Helen Klanderud or anyone else.My personal belief is that persons in a position of trust should avoid any appearance of conflict or bias whenever possible. As a journalist years ago, I declined to accept free season ski passes and other perquisites beyond those necessary to do my job. This policy was intended to engender confidence in the public that I was reporting fairly on the activities of the corporations that ran the mountain on which I skied and about which I reported.As a county commissioner, I also took care not to create an appearance of bias by adhering to the policy of not accepting things of value in connection with my work.One can easily attend opening ceremonies or make appearances without taking a week-long or season-long pass. I can, and will, volunteer for events and make as many appearances as time allows and represent my community without creating conflicts or the appearance of conflict.Helen Klanderud has filled her ambassadorial role ably, and I have no knowledge of or desire to compare her personal policies on this issue with mine. I am simply doing what I have done in the past with regard to “freebies” associated with my public service.Mick IrelandAspen


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