Boulder staffers and councilmembers named in municipalization-related ethics complaint

BOULDER — An active critic of city policies has filed an ethics complaint naming top Boulder staffers and three City Council members, citing improper communication between them and a pro-municipalization group.

Former city council candidate Mark Gelband filed the complaint, the Daily Camera reports. It stems from a June 18 appearance by two staffers — Jonathan Koehn and Brett KenCairn — at a fundraiser for the group Empower Our Future. That event, which required an admission fee, was labeled as a celebration of the success the municipalization effort has had so far.

According to Gelband, Koehn and KenCairn speaking at the event is a conflict of interest because Empower Our Future “is a known pro-muni lobbying group.” Gelband said the appearance of Councilman Sam Weaver and the use of photos and quotes from Mayor Suzanne Jones and Councilman Matt Appelbaum is also improper.

The city has said that their appearance is free speech and that it does not believe there has been an ethical violation.