Snoqualmie city council approved the conditional use permit for Panorama Apartments to include a fourth story on five of the 11 buildings. File Photo

Snoqualmie city council approved the conditional use permit for Panorama Apartments to include a fourth story on five of the 11 buildings. File Photo

Snoqualmie assigns disciplinary action after staff ethics violation

Parks and Public Works director involved in outside business with former city staffer

After Snoqualmie’s recent ethics investigation found Parks and Public Works Director Dan Marcinko was in violation of the municipal ethics code, Mayor Matt Larson released a statement on the disciplinary action he will be taking.

Marcinko was found in violation of section of the city’s ethics code, which states employees should not engage in a transaction or activity that would appear to be in conflict or incompatible with the employee’s official duties.

Ethics Hearing Officer Grant Degginger found that Marcinko and the city’s former events coordination contractor Leslie Billington were involved in an outside business together while Marcinko acted as her contract supervisor.

Degginger determined that according to city code, any disciplinary action must be taken by the appropriate city authority. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson issued a statement on March 14 stating that Marcinko would be disqualified from the city’s Pay for Performance program in 2018, an incentive-based benefit program determined by performance reviews every six months.

Larson’s decision will prevent Marcinko from receiving anything for two bonus cycles. The performance review score and the employee’s salary determine the amount of their bonus. Typically a bonus is from $1,000 to $3,000 every six months, he wrote.

“I committed to respecting and accepting the decision of an independent ethics hearing examiner. The examiner concluded that a violation of our code of ethics had occurred, but that the violation did not result in any financial loss to the city and citizens of Snoqualmie,” Larson wrote. “In addition, and prior to the decision, Mr. Marcinko acknowledged and accepted responsibility for the violation. The Hearing Examiner referred any disciplinary actions to my office. On Friday, March 9th, I informed Mr. Marcinko that he would be disqualified from participating in our Pay for Performance program for all of 2018. I now consider this unfortunate matter to be closed.”

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