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MAYOR TO WITHDRAW OKINO NOMINATION TO ETHICS APPEALS BOARD
(Fri., Jan. 25, 2013)—Mayor Kirk Caldwell today released the following statement:
“I was extremely concerned to hear Gary Okino’s statements to the City Council recently regarding his personal non-tolerance of the gay community. There is no place for discrimination of any kind in city government, and even though Mr. Okino stated he would not discriminate if he was appointed as a member of the Ethics Board of Appeals, I find his position on the gay community to be a problem. Gary Okino was nominated by the former administration. As Mayor of the current administration, it is within my authority to withdraw the nomination. After discussing the matter with Council Chair Ernest Martin, and based on the concerns expressed by members of the City Council, I concur with his recommendation to withdraw Mr. Okino’s nomination.”
Media Contact: Johnny Brannon, Mayor’s Office, 768-5767.