Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday voted to refer the dispute over former CEO Mic Dinsmore’s retirement pay to the Port’s Board of Ethics, an independent three-member panel.
The panel will investigate whether any “laws, procedures or ethical standards were breached” when Commissioner Pat Davis signed a memo authorizing Dinsmore to receive his annual salary of $339,841 for one year past his retirement date, according to the commission’s motion.
As one Seattle political insider quipped to me, “The Port has an ethics committee? Who’s on it… the Maytag repairman?”
Word is that there had been a push to demand Davis’ resignation, but the commission wimped out, and the issue has already been pretty much settled at a closed-door meeting. So much for accountability and reform. But then, why bother investigating at all, when it’s really just another one of those “he said, he said, he said / she-said / he wouldn’t say due to pending litigation” situations?
No official word on who will man the Port’s “independent” ethics panel, but here’s a list of the nominees.