Report finds ethics complaint against East Ridge Mayor unfounded

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) — A report finds that an ethics complaint filed against the East Ridge Mayor was unfounded.

In East Ridge an ethics complaint was filed against Mayor Brent Lambert. After looking into the case, the appointed Chief Ethics Officer found no violations.

“Today’s report by Special Counsel Stephen Greer only confirms what I already knew to be the truth. Specifically, that the ethics complaint filed against me by Laura Seneker is unfounded and without merit,” MAyor Lambert said.

One allegation in the complaint was that Mayor Lambert set a special council meeting in June of 2017, instead of waiting for the regularly scheduled meeting, to rush through a vote on the Exit 1 project.

The complaint also accused Mayor Lambert of receiving campaign contributions from three developers involved in the Exit one project as a result of what happened in the meeting.

The report states those claims were unfounded.

Mayor Lambert says this has been quite a process and he knew it would take time for the truth to get out.

“Still it has been very difficult for me and my family to remain silent in the face of baseless and petty politically motivated accusations. We fully cooperated with all phases of this inquiry. We are especially grateful to those who have supported us through this process,” Mayor Lambert said.

Mayor Lambert’s lawyer, Bill Speek, says the Chief Ethics Officer was picked by city council members and he wasn’t politically motivated.

“Mr. Greer, as special council on this, I think would be respected by all sides. And I think that is one of the things that I am sure was discussed in picking him. It would do nobody any good to have someone with a political agenda reviewing this situation,” Speek said.

The report will be presented at a city council meeting.

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