The Ethics Commission will hold its second meeting on whether to grant Mayor Ed Lee’s director on housing Doug Shoemaker an ethics waiver so he can leave his city government post and work as president of the nonprofit Mercy Housing California.
The commission previously postponed a vote on the waiver when one commission said he was inclined to oppose it. A waiver is required because Shoemaker has signed off on a number of contracts within the past 12 months with the nonprofit where he now wants to work. A decision was postponed to give Shoemaker a chance to make his case when all the commissioners were present.
Chair of the commission Benedict Hur had said during the meeting that “I understand that this is a dream job. ... The problem I’m seeing, this seems to be the classic instance that the code is trying to protect against,” Hur said. “A situation where someone of your authority in MOH is dealing directly with an entity, signing contracts with the potential of you then switching sides. The reason why we have this code is so that everybody understands that you can’t switch sides, because you would have to sit on the sidelines for a year to do that.
The committee meets Tuesday at 2 p.m., at City Hall, in Room 408.
A report on the issue is here.