Mayor-elect pledges to follow ethics amendment | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

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


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User