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Lolo
malihini

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Posted - 11/08/2018 :  10:45:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh dear, what to do, what to do. County Council will ignore Snowflake Ruggles' theft of County funds by continuing to cash her salary checks and refusing to carry out her sworn duties.
Hello, Board of Ethics. That's what they are charted to address.
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HereOnThePrimalEdge
Punatic

South Sandwich Islands
6874 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2018 :  10:51:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's what they are charted to address.

Unfortunately, at this point, it would cost more money to investigate and prosecute her than what she gets in her paycheck.

Also, unfortunately, if they stop their work to chase after Ruggles' negligence, then not only is Jen not working on County business, no one else would be getting anything accomplished either.

Lose-Lose

"The great mystery is that such a state may be one of utter happiness, as it provides opinions concerning things, but no knowledge of the things themselves. - Marguerite Young
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kalakoa
Motormouth

11271 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2018 :  12:57:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lose-Lose

There's a third option: burn staff time without recouping any pay.

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/11/08/hawaii-news/proposal-would-give-county-council-power-to-censure-absent-members/

The County Council also might lack authority to punish their colleague since the issue isn't addressed in the county charter.

Ruggles, who has missed the past six council meetings and many more committee meetings, said she will continue to receive her $5,834 per month ($70,008 per year) salary.

But two years from now, voters might get a chance to enact a contingency, should such a situation arise again.


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Lolo
malihini

82 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2018 :  13:13:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The County Council could take five minutes to refer her to the Ethics Board. They aren't doing anything anyway. That is who is charted to investigate ethical violations. Certainly taking a salary for doing nothing And keeping a staff member on the payroll to do her bidding might also fall into the same category.The Council has no spine. This is not a matter of Aloha. Throw her out.
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kalakoa
Motormouth

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Posted - 11/08/2018 :  13:48:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The County Council could take five minutes to refer her to the Ethics Board.

Only useful if the Ethics Board actually does anytihing, and while Ruggles is still in office.

County can't move that fast unless it's about declaring an emergency to cash in on Federal bailouts.
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