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Press: Hayden Man Sicced AG On Nipp

A Hayden man was one of the people who contacted Sen. Mike Jorgenson about concerns regarding Lake City Development Corp. Reid Harlocker, 52, a business manager in Hayden, told Jorgenson last year he felt the state should investigate Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal board to determine whether any perceived conflicts of interest existed/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: In an editorial Friday, Brand X attacked Nipp for seeking to find out who sicced the AG’s office on him. Generally, Press editorials are toothless. Do you think newspaper owner Duane Hagadone has a vendetta against the former LCDC chairman?

Edinger: Enuf Already w/Nipp Shots

Council to urban renewal watchdogs: You’re out of line. That was the message two council members delivered Tuesday night to a pair of citizens concerned with last week’s news that former Lake City Development Corp. Chairman and current board member Charlie Nipp had been under investigation by the Idaho State Attorney General’s Office. Tuesday marked the first council meeting since the attorney general’s office cleared Nipp of any criminal wrongdoing regarding a conflict of interest between his positions on the LCDC board and Mountain West Bank. And after Jim Brannon and Mary Souza requested council exercise strict oversight in the matter, council members Ron Edinger and Deanna Goodlander said enough was enough/Tom Hasslinger, CDA Press. More here.

Question: Were council members Ron Edinger and Deanna Goodlander correct in calling out Mary Souza and Jim Brannon for remarks about former Lake City Development Corp. chairman Charlie Nipp?

Nipp Responds To AG’s Opinion

Nipp said he wrote Jorgenson a letter following last week’s report. “I’ve been a citizen of this community since childhood,” Nipp said Monday, adding he volunteered his time to the board. “I always try to perform my duties with honesty and integrity,” he said. “For over two years this undisclosed group has been accusing and trying to slander my character and other members on this commission. The AG’s report said it appeared clear that this was not done to defraud or deceive, but rather a belief that (I) did not have a conflict”/Charlie Nipp, former Lake City Development Corp. chairman. More from CDA Press here.

Question: Would you be willinig to serve on a controversial board like LCDC, if you knew a misstep could trigger an investigation?

MikeK: Why Didn’t AG Contact Nipp?

I have a question of fairness and reasonable treatment of citizens about all this: can anyone answer why, as of this morning, Charlie Nipp (pictured) has still had ZERO communication from the Attorney General’s office or the County Prosecutor’s Office but the copy of the letter is on DanG and Mary Souza’s website? Charlie has not been contacted by anyone official, not been informed by anyone official, not had information shared with him by anyone official. He heard about this from the Coeur d’Alene Press AFTER the letter appeared on DanG and Souza’s website. I know this because I called Mr. Nipp myself this morning and asked him if anyone has talked with him/Councilman MikeK. More here.

Wheels Vs. JBelle RE: Charlie Nipp

Item: AG clears Nipp of criminal conflict claims/Huckleberries Online

Wheels: At any given moment Charlie Nipp is doing more good for this community than any of you bashers will do in a lifetime.

JBelle: Aw, c’mon wheels. I don’t care if Charlie Nipp teaches Sunday School at every church in town. When he had his Mountain West hat on, he should have disclaimed on the LCDC work on the table. Conflicts of interest is meat of what the ethics crisis in American politics is these days. Well, that and paying taxes on household employees, I guess.

Question: Any further thoughts about the decision by the Idaho AG’s office not to file criminal charges re: conflict of interest claims against former LCDC chairman Charlie Nipp?

AG Clears Nipp Of Conflict Claims

The Attorney General’s Office has concluded an investigation of allegations of conflicts of interest regarding Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC) chairman Charles Nipp. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office notified Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh that the Attorney General will not be filing criminal charges/Bob Cooper, spokesman for Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Rest of news release here.

Question: Are you surprised?

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