State Board Knocks Slockett for Ethics Violations: Iowa City Daily News Links, June 1

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Some bad timing for incumbent Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett: Gregg Hennigan of the Gazette is reporting that a state ethics board voted unanimously Thursday to reprimand Slockett for using the resources of his office for political gain during an election. Slockett is facing a stiff primary test on June 5 from Tiffin city council member Travis Weipert.

Hennigan, again. It's On...the ballot. On Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved of ballot language that will let voters decide whether they will want to approve a $46.8 million countywide bond to fund the construction of a Johnson County Justice Center.

Hennigan, with the vaunted Daily Links hat trick. Hennigan writes that Iowa City and Pearson may be at odds over a street the city wants to build in support of a nascent office park development.

Cindy Handish of the Gazette gives some more details about what the Johnson County Health department looks for when it tests the landfill fire smoke.

Josh O'Leary of the Iowa City Press-Citizen writes that an increasing number of families can't keep up with the rising costs of living in Iowa City.

Alesha Crews of the Press-Citizen was on hand as Roosevelt Elementary School held its last ever day of school.

Crews also writes that some City High student's are looking to take their school's recycling initiative districtwide.

Daily Links Excerpt of the Day

Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett illegally used public resources for political purposes, a state ethics panel concluded Thursday.

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, which administers the state’s campaign and ethics laws, voted 5-0 to issue a letter of reprimand to Slockett, said Megan Tooker, the board’s executive director and legal counsel. The vote came after the board discussed the matter in closed session during a meeting in Des Moines.

The reprimand is the least severe  cival sanction the board can issue, and it chose that because in the one violation it confirmed, it found Slockett was acting on the advice of the current and past Johnson County attorneys.

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