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Attorney Boldt did not violate state ethics law in Lifeline vote

first_imgClark County Commissioner Marc Boldt did not violate any laws when he voted this week to approve a loan to Lifeline Connections, a county attorney said Friday.Dawn Boldt resigned her position at Lifeline Thursday, the day after her husband voted with Commissioner Steve Stuart to approve a $190,000 loan to the county’s only inpatient substance abuse treatment center for adults.The appearance of the conflict of interest was referenced in her resignation letter, as she wrote her decision to resign “will be beneficial to my life as well as the agency.”Lifeline, which operates out of the county-owned Center for Community Health, has a contract with the county to treat drug court participants.Dawn Boldt worked as an intake coordinator, or, for the purposes of the state’s ethics policy for municipal officers, a fixed-wages employee.Had she been a salaried employee — such as the executive director — there would have been a problem, said Bronson Potter, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor.But according to the ethics policy, Boldt’s interest was only “remote.” County commissioners will vote Feb. 21 on whether to give a larger loan to Lifeline.Boldt said the vote to lend the initial $190,000 will be recertified by Stuart and Commissioner Tom Mielke, who was out of town Wednesday.Boldt and Stuart determined the loan, which Lifeline needed to make payroll, was an emergency measure to help an organization that provides an essential public service. Had Boldt not voted, the loan could not have been granted.last_img read more

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