Bethel institutes tighter nepotism rules

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The city of Bethel has tightened its rules on nepotism.

Reports say the city council on Tuesday strengthened its definition of "immediate family" members and rules for their work in city government.

Previously, nepotism rules only applied to people related by blood or marriage.

But now, immediate family members include domestic partners, significant others, stepchildren and stepparents.

The new rules also prohibit the city manager from having an immediate family member working for the city, among other provisions.

The changes come a month after the council fire City Manager Lee Foley after he acknowledged violating city procurement and nepotism rules.

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