ethics complaint

Council set to approve a resolution next week appointing Blackshear’s Board of Ethics to investigate the matters

Ethics complaints filed against Blackshear council members Keith Brooks and Linda Gail Dennison last month are one step closer to review and investigation by the city’s Board of Ethics.
Mayor Kevin Grissom advised the council at a work session Monday afternoon, October 5, of a resolution appointing the ethics board to investigate the complaints filed against Brooks (District One) and Dennison (District Six).
“The resolution (means that) the council has been notified,” Grissom said. “We really don’t have the right to turn down these going to the ethics board. According to our charter, it says they shall ... go to the ethics board. They’ll make the decision and refer back to the council.”
The council is set to vote on the resolution at next Tuesday night’s monthly meeting. Brooks and Dennison were both present at Monday afternoon’s work session, but neither spoke. No other council member responded to Grissom’s announcement either.
The complaint against Dennison was filed September 11 by Blackshear resident Wes Kutch. Councilman Shawn Godwin filed a complaint against Brooks September 18.
Kutch filed the ethics complaint against Dennison for reportedly threatening two District Five residents with legal action if they signed a petition recently circulated for the recall election of Councilman Godwin (District Five).
Godwin filed his complaint against Brooks for reportedly driving Blackshear resident Sharon Komanecky around on a golf cart while she procured signatures on the petition for Godwin’s recall election.
That petition has not yet been verified by the Pierce County Board of Elections.
See related coverage in the September 16 and September 23 editions of The Times.