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State board urges censure of Johnson

Janet Urquhart

A state board has recommended disciplinary action be taken against City Councilman Jack Johnson for falsely representing himself as an architect.The Colorado State Board of Examiners for Architects decided Friday to refer the complaint against Johnson to the state attorney general’s office for discipline, according to Angeline C. Kinnaird, program director for the board.”Generally, they have probable cause when they refer a matter to the attorney general,” she said. Kinnaird declined to disclose the board’s recommended action against Johnson, but said a letter outlining the board’s decision and recommendation would be mailed to both Johnson and local attorney Bert Myrin, who lodged the complaint against Johnson.Johnson expressed surprise Monday when informed of the board’s decision.”That’s wild. I can’t believe that,” he said.Myrin reported Johnson to the board last spring, during Johnson’s election campaign for city office. He defeated runoff opponent Dee Malone, whose candidacy had Myrin’s support.At the time, Myrin said he filed the complaint because he was concerned about the integrity of elected officials.Johnson labeled Myrin’s complaint “meritless” and filed a response with the board explaining that he had not claimed to be a licensed architect, nor had he solicited nor undertaken any work that requires a license.”Well, I guess I’ll have to appeal,” Johnson said yesterday. “I don’t think that’s an appropriate interpretation of the statute. It’s a consumer protection act and I clearly was not misleading the public.”I’ll be very interested to see their letter,” he added.”I’m pleased that the profession does have some standards,” Myrin said Monday. “I respect the profession a little more than I did when Jack was pulling it down.”Johnson works as a designer at Snaidero Aspen, an Italian kitchen and bath cabinetry company.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com