The former Mayor of Encitas, Dan Dalager, admitted his guilt in a conflict of interest charge from 2009. As a result of his confession and sentencing, Dalager will be ineligible to hold office for the next four years, and will be required to pay a $1000 fine.

Originally, Dalager was accused of three violations of the Political Reform Act, but the Deputy District Attorney only moved ahead with one.

The violation to which he confessed stemmed from deeply discounted kitchen appliances that he received. The appliances included a range, oven, dust cover, and microwave. Dalager paid $150 for them.

The man who owned the company that ‘sold’ him the appliances later had business before the council.

Judging by the recent election, where Dalager came in fourth, the judge’s four-year prohibition against holding office isn’t the only factor that will keep him out of public service in the near future.

From the Coast News:

Former Mayor Dan Dalager pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge in a Vista courtroom Feb. 9. He was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and serve three years summary probation.

The charge stems from Dalager’s acceptance of heavily discounted kitchen appliances in 2009 from Aztec Appliance owner Matthew Gordon who had business before the council several months later.

Gordon was cited for building an unapproved rock wall that encroached on the public right-of-way in front of his home on Neptune Avenue.

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