CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A committee of the Charlotte City Council is beginning to take a look at the city’s ethics guidelines in light of last month’s arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon.
The Governance and Accountability Committee will look to see if any changes need to be made.
Cannon faces charges stemming from accusations that he traded his political influence for cash bribes from undercover FBI operatives, including one bribe he allegedly accepted in the Mayor’s office in the Government Center.
The Committee’s Chairman, David Howard said, “I think anytime you have a bump, you still have to stop and try to figure out what it meant and if there is something you can do better.”
It has been nearly five weeks since Cannon was charged in court and released on bond.
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee said the arrest has not led to any lasting fallout that is affecting how government operates.
“I think what we are seeing since the arrest of the former mayor is a city that is moving forward in a significant and meaningful way,” Carlee said.
Former Charlotte Mayor and now-Governor Pat McCrory pointed to the announcement Monday by Red Ventures of 580 new jobs coming to the city and an example of how the Cannon arrest has had no effect on the city’s ability to attract businesses.
“It thankfully hasn’t become an issue with the companies I am dealing with, but as I said before, it is something we can’t ignore,” McCrory said.
A federal grand jury is scheduled to meet in late May in Charlotte but it is not certain if the grand jury will be asked to consider an indictment of Cannon.