Shelburne committee rewrites ethics law

The Shelburne ethics committee is ready to submit a final draft of the town’s conflict of interest ordinance to the select board. The last ordinance was adopted in 2009.

The ordinance governs the conduct of all town public officials, defining more specifically what a conflict of interest would be.

The committee acknowledged many people serving on town committees often have a reason for doing so, such as a dog owner serving on the dog park committee.

One question that remains is whether a committee can remove one of its members for conflict of interest. As of now public officials have to remove themselves if there is a conflict, or perceived, conflict of interest.

Anyone can file omplaints with the ethics committee, which defined that only “real” conflicts of interest can prompt a complaint.

The committee also talked what should happen if the committee needs outside help. A budget for the ethics committee remains undetermined, Hiring an investigator would require funding.

The committee hopes to bring the final draft to the board at next Tuesday’s meeting.

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