Debra March mostly prioritized on government transparency during her electoral campaign for city mayor. Now, less than three months after taking the seat and governing the city, an ethics complaint accuses her and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder of not succeeding to abide with transparency policy.
The moral code complaint reads that both March and Schroder failed to make public their links with the Henderson Community Foundation during the Henderson City Council votes related to the foundation.
A City of Henderson resident who wishes to remain anonymous filed the complaint last week before the Nevada Commission on Ethics.
“This is an inherent conflict of interest,” the ethics complaint says. Mayor March and Councilwoman Schroder could not be reached for their respective comment.
“No one at the city of Henderson or any elected official has been notified by the Nevada Commission on Ethics about any actions being taken,” the Henderson spokesman David Cherry said.
The ethics complaint filed to the Nevada Commission on Ethics against the city mayor and councilwoman centers on a June 6 City Council meeting when March and Schroder “insinuated they had an arms length relationship” with the Henderson Community Foundation. The complaints also claims March only disclosed her ties with the foundation because she had commenced an investigation into the Friends of the Henderson Police Department Foundation.
Back in May, March told the Centrio News that the investigation into former Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers was started after she have seen a mailer sent by Moers to local business possessors. The mailer included Moers’ photo and a picture of a City of Henderson police badge.
“Debra March intentionally and willfully failed to disclose her 15-year relationship with the Henderson Community Foundation in order to benefit and further her political agenda and the standing of the HCF over the Friends of the HPD Foundation.”
“March intentionally disparaged the reputations of the foundation and the former police chief and deputy chief,” the complaint wrote.
Election campaign finance records show that Schroder’s campaign donated more than $7,500 to the Henderson Community Foundation, while March’s campaign donated $1,650.
Back in 2015, both March and Schroder became members of the Henderson Community Foundation’s chairman’s council.
“We’ve never asked Debra or Gerri to fund raise for us in any way,” said vice president of the Henderson Community Foundation and founding member James Green. “They’ve never been involved in our conversations regarding funds with the police department.”
Meanwhile, the Ethics Commission Executive Director Yvonne Nevarez-Goodson said that she could not verify or renounce the ethics complaint because the are confidential until the jurisdictional review panel rules whether a violation have occurred.