While serving on one council, Katrina Foley was elected to another. She claims that serving on both wouldn’t violated ethics rules, but others disagree.

What’s more, Ms. Foley announced after her election to the Newport Besa Unified School District that she would resign from the Council on December 14th.

State law isn’t absolutely clear on the matter, only instead outlining some of the issues that would prevent incompatibility between jobs. Often, these conflicts involve serving on a utility board and a city council. Ms. Foley said she addressed this issue specifically at an ethics training course and seemed to get the green light.

It is an interesting case study in the rules that govern ethics. As the debate pans out over the next days and weeks, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this. I, for one, look forward to seeing how this ends up. It could be a useful example of how similar situations can be handled in other localities.

From the Orange County Register:

The council is getting ready, deciding Tuesday night to accept applications for the possible vacancy, as well as seats on the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission, through 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Foley, who was just elected as a trustee for the Newport Mesa Unified School District, has announced that she would resign her council seat on Dec. 14.

However, she raised doubts at the council meeting Tuesday night about whether she would follow through on her announcement.

Read the full article here.