State auditor probes ethics charge


Staff writer

The state auditor is beginning to investigate an ethics complaint against Federal Way city manager David Moseley.

The complaint was filed last month by seven Federal Way residents who say Moseley violated state ethics laws by not disclosing a potential conflict of interest when he signed a 2001 contract between the city and Sound Transit for a transit center and parking garage project downtown.

Moseley’s wife, Anne Fennessy, is a partner in a government affairs firm called Cocker Fennessy, with which Sound Transit has contracted for several years for public relations work related to the light-rail project.

Moseley and Fennessy refuted allegations of a conflict of interest. They said the accusations, first raised at a transit center appeal hearing before the City Council Oct. 22, were unfounded.

Moseley said he signed the contract at the direction of the council, not unilaterally. He denied receiving any financial benefit from Cocker Fennessy’s contract with Sound Transit.

Spokeswoman Mindy Chambers said the auditor’s staff will review the contract between Sound Transit and Cocker Fennessy “to see if there’s any conflict of interest.” A decision to continue investigating the complaint “depends on what we find,” she said.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565,

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