Grand Forks city attorney: No ethics violation by Doug Christensen

Council member Doug Christensen.

Story by Christopher Bjorke

Actions by Grand Forks City Council member Doug Christensen did not pose a conflict of interest according to state law or city code, according to City Attorney Howard Swanson.

In a letter sent to Mayor Mike Brown on Thursday, Swanson reviewed allegations that Christensen improperly acted in city business he had a stake in but found no evidence for the charges.

Grand Forks resident Doug Marshall asked Swanson for an investigation of Christensen’s actions in May, and his allegations are also being investigated by a state Supreme Court disciplinary board.

Christensen said he felt “100 percent exonerated” by the letter.

“Mr. Swanson has taken an extraordinary amount of time to investigate these allegations,” he said. “After a thorough investigation, there’s nothing to support any of the allegations.”

Marshall did not comment on Swanson’s review of the allegations, but said the Supreme Court investigation of Christensen was going forward.

Continue reading here. Below are Swanson’s response and Marshall’s initial letter.

Marshall’s Letter     Swanson’s response

One thought on “Grand Forks city attorney: No ethics violation by Doug Christensen

  1. I guess I’ll withhold judgment until someone other than a person who has sat next to him in city council meetings for years renders a decision.

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