Letter: Staffing the Board of Ethics

Published: 7/21/2022 7:02:57 AM
Modified: 7/21/2022 7:00:05 AM

I served on Concord’s Board of Ethics from 2013 until, well, I’m not sure. I was told in April, by a well-informed friend, the Board of Ethics had been emptied of its members, a year ago. I was never informed. I don’t know if other members (including former gubernatorial candidate, Dan Feltes) were. On the Board’s webpage, it’s currently all vacancies, except James Kennedy, the city’s legal counsel and “ex officio” member. A one-person Board of Ethics seem, dare I say it, a little unethical.

I teach college ethics, and I’d been applying for jobs with the Board on my CV. So I contacted the city government in April to ask if I could get back on. I was told to submit a query to Mayor Bouley. I did; he never replied. I followed up over the course of three months; still no reply. I was told on Monday by the city clerk that the mayor hadn’t made a decision. When I asked for a yes or no, she said to consider it a no. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Over the eight years I was on the Board of Ethics, we never met once. I complained about this publicly to the City Council, but nothing changed. Yet, our rules were changed once without our input. My friend speculated the Board was emptied was to prevent “lifetime” appointments. Fair enough. But if we’re going to have a Board of Ethics, let’s staff it. Otherwise, eliminate it.

Craig Greenman

Concord


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