Letter: No merit to crusade against the mayor
Once again Rep. Rick Watrous has launched an ethics crusade aimed at Mayor Jim Bouley that lacks any real merit (“Mayor acts as if rules don’t apply to him,” Monitor Forum, Dec. 5).
The fact that Bouley’s business pays market rate rent for office space to one of the largest landlords in Concord is not a conflict of interest. If we use Watrous’s logic the city’s elected officials should move their businesses out of Concord and stop participating in any church or club within the city limits to prevent any perceived conflict of interest. In a city the size of Concord elected officials are likely to have some interaction with business owners and residents that go before the council. Unless concrete evidence exists of favoritism or actual financial gain, ethics allegations are irresponsible. Until someone finds Bouley and Steve Duprey in a van with a duffel bag full of money, the mayor should be left alone to focus on the important issues before the council.
The citizens of Concord have elected Bouley as mayor three times already, so he is obviously doing something right.