Probe prompted by funds paid to mayor’s family for purchases

Cakes, crafts and airfare are among the purchases paid for by the North Slope Borough that involved Mayor Charlotte Brower’s family.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Brower told the assembly in a July 7 memo that she had no knowledge that her staff was making purchases from her family members that included $500 cakes and $25,000 in crafts.

One of the records obtained by the newspaper is a request for help in sending five of Bower’s grandkids to basketball camp in California. The bottom of the request had a note that said “7-11-14 Approved Charlotte Brower.”

The trip cost the borough a total of $8,400.

Assembly members voted last week to have an independent law firm investigate the North Slope Borough’s purchasing policies and the possibility of ethics violations.