Q: Why did you change your mind and recommend that the utility bond issue be sold on a competitive basis after the state attorney cleared county officials of steering the deal?

A: After state attorney Coe's report came out, my first conclusion was to go ahead and follow the recommendation of the Finance Committee [a group of five members from county officials' staffs whose duties include making recommendations about bond syndicates] and urge that we go forward with the bond issue on a negotiated basis. I considered the report a complete vindication.

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