The board met Monday for two ethics hearings — one for a complaint filed in May by Davis against Bonser in regards to leaking confidential information related to the Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative, which was discussed during executive session in February. The other hearing involved a complaint filed in June by Bonser against Davis in regards to harassment and seeking her resignation from city council.
Bonser’s lawyer Matt Reeves arrived at the meeting more than 20 minutes after it began claiming neither Bonser nor her legal team had received notice of the hearing.
“We found out about [the meeting for the hearings] on the city’s website,” Reeves said. “The meeting time was not published. We called in this morning and found out that this proceeding was being held.”
The board waited more than 10 minutes after 9 a.m. for Bonser or her representative to appear before starting the meeting.
“I thought everybody was notified,” said attorney Dennis Still, the hearing officer hired for the Board of Ethics hearings.
Reeves said it was under his impression the parties were still working on resolving the matter in mediation. When the board asked Davis if it were likely he and Bonser would reach an amicable conclusion with mediation, the mayor responded: “zero chance.”
The board terminated the ethics hearings Monday and rescheduled them for Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. at city hall. If needed, the hearings will continue Dec. 13.
Reeves added he believes it was prejudicial for Davis to begin delivering his case without Bonser’s representatives there to object.
“I believe that calls into question the proceedings,” he said.
Still advised him to raise that objection with the board during the hearings next month.
The Board of Ethics will meet Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. at city hall for the ethics hearings. Ethics hearings related to alleged Project Renaissance leak rescheduled