A deputy city commissioner — and former candidate for city council — has agreed to pay a $675 fine for violating the city’s ethics code by using her work computer to post political comments on her Facebook page while at work.

Tracey Gordon, deputy commissioner of voter outreach and education, and the city’s Board of Ethics reached an agreement on Wednesday. It included a fine reduced from a possible $2,700 or $300 per violation for nine separate incidents spanning from Aug. 10 to Sept. 19.

According to the report issued by the ethics board, Gordon was hired by Commission Stephanie Singer after employees in the commissioners’ office had undergone ethics training and was unaware that her activity was inappropriate.

Alerted to the fact, Gordon immediately stopped the posting, said the report. Because of her cooperation the fine was reduced. She has until April 15 to pay it. In addition, Gordon has agreed to attend ethics training classes and stop accessing Facebook while at work.

Gordon was hired in the commissioners’ office in early 2012.

A community organizer from Southwest Philadelphia, Gordon ran against Councilman Kenyatta Johnson last year. She also gained notice after she won a seat as a Democratic committeewoman and Anna Brown, the leader of Ward 40B, refused to let her take office. The suit was dropped when Gordon went to work for Singer.


To comment, contact staff writer Eric Mayes at 215-893-5742 or emayes@phillytrib.com.

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