Vancouver councilwoman formally reprimanded

Vancouver councilwoman formally reprimanded

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Vancouver councilwoman formally reprimanded

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by Justin Burton

kgw.com

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 12 at 7:03 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Vancouver City Council unanimously agreed to reprimand councilmember Jeanne Harris, whose city council outburst made national attention.

The council supported the ethics commission's recommendation to remove Harris from all the city boards and commissions on which she was appointed by the council.  She will also receive a formal letter of reprimand.

The action stems from a council meeting on Sept. 13 in which Harris lashed out at the mayor, a fellow councilwoman, and a community member.  After reviewing the incident--which was captured on video and spread quickly on YouTube--the ethics committee ruled that Harris' behavior was unacceptable, disrespectful, and should be addressed.

Before Monday's decision, Harris sent a letter to fellow councilmembers apologizing for her actions.

"There are no words to describe how I feel about what happened," Harris said.  "How I reacted was unacceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions."

Background: Outburst during council meeting

Background: Vancouver councilwoman defends her outburst

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