Another ethics complaint – the second in a week’s time – has been filed against a Blackshear council member by a fellow councilman.
Councilman Shawn Godwin (District 5) has filed a complaint against Councilman Keith Brooks (District 1) for reportedly driving Blackshear resident Sharon Komanecky around on a golf cart while she procured signatures on a petition for Godwin’s recall election earlier this month.
Godwin filed his complaint Friday, September 18. Brooks was served with the complaint Monday morning, Sept. 21.
According to the ethics complaint, Brooks “participated and encouraged the solicitation of signatures to unseat Councilman Shawn Godwin.”
Brooks admits he drove Komanecky around 30-45 minutes because she reportedly didn’t want to go alone, but denies participation and solicitation of signatures personally.
“I never got off the golf cart, I never spoke with anybody and I certainly didn’t ask anyone to sign the petition,” Brooks says. “If that’s what he’s alleging ... it’s 100 percent false.”
Godwin lists himself and his wife, Kim Godwin, as witnesses to Brooks’ actions and cites recent coverage in The Blackshear Times as supporting evidence for his complaint against Brooks.
“I never saw them when I was out. They didn’t see me. They definitely didn’t see me go up to anybody’s house,” Brooks argues.
Godwin alleges Brooks violated the city’s code of ethics subsection as follows:
By any conduct, give a reasonable basis for the impression that any person or entity can improperly influence him or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of official acts.
Attempts to contact Godwin for comment by The Times’ press deadline were unsuccessful.
The ethics complaint against Brooks and an ethics complaint against Councilwoman Linda Gail Dennison (see coverage in The Times’ September 16 edition) will most likely be discussed at the council’s next work session set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 5, at city hall.
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