By Wayne Schutsky | Scottsdale Progress
The Scottsdale City Council has taken steps to implement new rules governing how often members of city boards and commissions can recuse themselves due to a conflict of interest.
The Council originally asked city staff in February to include those rule changes as part of a larger package of changes to board and commission regulations.
Staff came back to the Council with the proposed changes on July 1, though official adoption was pushed to a later date so that staff could update language to better reflect Council priorities.
The recusal issue came to a head in March when community activists complained about the recusal rates on the city’s Planning Commission, arguing the high number of recusals indicated that several commissioners were too cozy with the industry they were supposed to regulate.