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No Ethics Violations by Cedar Rapids Mayor

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden says Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett committed no any ethical violations while voting on city business with his former employer.

A complaint was filed on February 27, 2013 by Lisa L. Kuzela, who claimed that on  three instances, Corbett violated provisions of the state's ethics and lobbying laws. She filed the complaint with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, which referred the matter to the Linn County Attorney's office.

Kuzela alleged that Corbett committed three ethical violations while acting as Mayor because of his employment with CRST International. She alleged that Corbett voted on three projects which benefited the owners of CRST.

In making his decision, Vander Sanden says he investigated all three accusations and found there was no conflict of interest.

In issuing his decision, Vander Sanden wrote " is my legal opinion that the allegations concerning a conflict of interest by Mayor Ronald Corbett are unfounded and without merit."

"Through my review and investigation of the mattter,"" he concludes, "...Mayor Ronald Corbett committed no ethical violation or engaged in any conflict of interest in his official capacity while performing his duties as Mayor of Cedar Rapids and there is no credible evidence to support criminal charges or sanctions of any sort."

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