- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Casper City Council is considering changes to allow the removal of a member for violating the city ethics code.

The move comes after allegations that councilman Craig Hedquist used his position to further his contracting business. Hedquist has denied wrongdoing.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://tinyurl.com/k2ateuy ) the council gave preliminary approval to the change Tuesday. It faces two more votes.

It would allow the council to vote by a two-thirds majority to take ethics concerns to a hearing. If the hearing officer finds a violation has occurred, the alleged violator could appeal to the courts. The council could then vote on whether to remove the official.

The council had sought a hearing on whether Hedquist should be removed, but the hearing officer said city ordinances don’t allow for that procedure.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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