Ethics issue arises again in SF housing director post 

The Ethics Commission waived a job rule for Mayor Ed Lee’s Housing Director Doug Shoemaker so he could leave his city post to take a job as head of an affordable housing developer. The commission voted to exempt the rule that someone cannot go to work for a company they signed city contracts with for at least year.

The person who Lee put in to serve as interim director, Olson Lee, also comes with an ethics rule conflict that needs waiving, this time by the Redevelopment Agency Commission since that was were he was working before tapped by the mayor on July 25 to serve as the head of the Mayor’s Office of Housing.

“During his interim appointment, [Olson] Lee may have to review housing policies and programs in which he was involved as an agency employee,” said executive director Fred Blackwell in a memo to the commission. “Under the agency’s personnel policy, the agency must consent to Mr. Lee’s participation, as MOH interim director, in those matters that he participated in as an agency employee.”

The commission will vote Tuesday at 4 p.m., at City Hall, in Room 416, on a resolution providing that consent to Lee’s “participation in all agency related matters in which he may have previously worked.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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