Warren City Council narrowly rejected an ethics policy that would have banned nepotism and sexual relationships between city officials and employees on the heels of a hidden video that captured Mayor Fouts in a romantic relationship with his much-younger executive assistant.
The 4-3 vote kills the proposed ordinance, which would have prohibited nepotism, sexual harassment and fraternization among city officials.
Supporters of the ordinance expressed frustration, saying the city missed a golden opportunity to create safeguards against favoritism.
Last week we first reported about a hidden video that captured Fouts, 71, taking his 25-year-old executive assistant to a hotel in Chicago, where they were seen holding hands on a stroll along Michigan Avenue.
Fouts gave the assistant a 13% raise in December while most employees received cuts in health care benefits.
A second video (below) surfaced earlier this week.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.