Ethics appointee faces key vote on Ed Lee’s old job 

Ethics Commissioner Eileen Hansen’s term has come to an end and whoever the Board of Supervisors appoint to fill her seat could be facing a big vote within months, whether to allow Ed Lee to return to his post as city administrator.

When Lee was appointed interim mayor on Jan. 11 by the Board of Supervisors it was known an ethics rule change on voter-approved post-employment restrictions would be necessary if he were to return to his post as city administrator, as he said he wants to do.

For that to happen either the voters must approve the rule change or the Board of Supervisors and the Ethics Commission.

It takes a super majority vote to approve the rule change, that’s at least four of five votes by the Ethics Commission and eight of 11 votes on the board. The current rule prohibits the mayor or members of the board from being appointed to full-time city jobs for one-year after leaving their elected posts. The change would make an exception for someone who was appointed to fill a mayoral vacancy and did not file to run for election.

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will vote Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall on the new appointee. There are three applicants.

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