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Conflicts of interest complicate Town Administrator search when Tony Sasso retires

August 9, 2011

Harry Christensen, a regular recuser, and newcomer, Bret Murray both have close relatives who will be subject to the new Admistrator’s supervision and collective bargain so they both doubt that they can participate in the selection process. Tony will be stepping down after 18 year this spring. That would leave only three selectmen: Jacobi, Belf-Becker and Nye to do the job. The two selectmen, playing it safe, have contacted the State Ethics commission for a ruling. Usually, conflicts of interest are based on direct financial gain, so one could assume a favorable ruling allowing the full board to participate. In small towns it is hard to find prominent citizens to participate in government who do not have “conflicts” all over the place. But time will tell.

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