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Ethics complaint against Glew unfounded

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MARION (KWWL) -

Linn County Attorney, Jerry Vander Sanden, says that an ethics complaint against Marion City Council member, Nick Glew, is "unfounded and unsupported".

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board sent an ethics complaint against Glew by Mike Dricken to the Linn County Attorney's Office on November 7.

Dricken alleged that a conflict of interest was created when Glew made motions to approve resolutions for payments from the City of Marion to Anderson-Bogart Engineers at council meetings on July 7 and October 20.  Glew is a public information specialist for Anderson-Bogart.

Vander Sanden says that Glew abstained from voting on both of these resolutions.

"Having reviewed the facts and the applicable law, I have concluded that the ethics complaint is unfounded and unsupported by the law and that there exists no legal conflict of interest for council member Glew to make a motion to approve resolutions for payments to Anderson-Bogert Engineers. His actions set forth in the complaint do not constitute a conflict of interest as set forth by the Iowa Code," Vander Sanden said in a written statement.

"I would also note that council member Glew sought legal advice from the Marion City Attorney concerning this very issue and has made every effort to follow the dictates of the law and to avoid the appearance of impropriety so as to avoid any potential ethical conflict of interest," continued Vander Sanden.

Vander Sanden also pointed out that there is no allegation that Glew took any official action in establishing any contract between the City of Marion and Anderson-Bogert Engineers.  In these two cases, Vander Sanden says Glew made motions to approve routine payments that were owed to Anderson-Bogart.

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