City Councilwoman Janice Elliott during the oath of office ceremony at the Upland City Council meeting, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Eric Reed/For The Bulletin/SCNG)

By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: May 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Updated: May 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm

The Upland City Council on Tuesday, May 29, will consider reprimanding Councilwoman Janice Elliott for misconduct and violating the trust of her colleagues, according to the city.

The council will vote on a resolution calling for a public censure, which outlines numerous reasons the city says Elliott violated the city’s code of ethics and conduct, and the city’s requirement that council members deal with city administration only through the city manager.

If the resolution is approved, Elliott would be removed from city committees and boards and banned from representing Upland and the City Council at public functions.

On Friday, May 25, Elliott deferred comment to her attorney, Thomas Allison, who called the censure a “political witch hunt” and an attempt to tarnish her name prior to the November election.

“Many of the allegations that are being made against her are actions that are being mischaracterized and being made to look divisive in nature, when at the time they occurred no such intent was present and neither was such an intent communicated,” Allison said.

According to the resolution, Elliott publicly disclosed confidential city documents and information, interfered with litigation and city personnel matters, and made unsupported accusations of wrongdoing by the council, among other reasons.

The resolution lists 15 more specific examples leading to the censure.

If the council OKs the resolution Allison said he and Elliott are poised to take any legal action necessary, such as an injunction or defamation lawsuit.

“She has been vocally opposed to some of the city’s issues,” Allison said. “Democracy is best served by having someone who is going to hold the council honest. I think this is an attempt by the council to prevent that from happening.”

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