The departure of respected civil servant Chuck Totto from the City Ethics commission today shows the breakdown of trust at City Hall under the current administration. I worked with Chuck to strengthen the Ethics Code while I served on the City Council. The administration’s lack of respect for ethics undermines integrity in our government and shows exactly why our community needs a new mayor.

This on the heels of the serious and substantial concerns uncovered by Civil Beat’s article that Caldwell’s administration actively interfered with ongoing investigations of the Ethics Commission, the attempted silencing of Chuck Totto in the press, and the refusal of Kirk Caldwell to take the lead on ethics issues within the city for years, makes the state of ethics at City Hall more disturbing than ever.

We need change and we need it now.