Conflict?

This is an interesting vote by our current slate of Magazzu-picked Freeholders. This was emailed to me by a long time fan of this website, and while it is not specific to Lou Magazzu, it does illustrate how Magazzu’s hand-picked compatriots fail to understand “the appearance of impropriety” or what a “conflict of interest” is.

Bill Whelan works for Colonial Bank for $163,000 a year salary and compensation. Edward Geletka is Bill Whelan’s boss at Colonial Bank. Bill Whelan did not abstain from voting for Ed Geletka’s wife as a member of the County Board of Health.

I suppose in the strictest sense, this is not as much of a conflict of interest as it would be if any of the Freeholders voted for (or against) a family member. However, since Bill’s source of income is involved, this refusal to abstain gives me an uneasy feeling.

I sit on a few boards of directors, and will more readily abstain than vote if there is even a hint that a conflict of interest might be construed.

Resolution Appointing Members of the Cumberland County Board of Health
Legislative File # RES-2009-414
Status – Adopted
Department – Health Department
Meeting – 7/20/2009 5:00:00 PM
Category – Appointments & Reappointments

 

Vote

James Dunkins

Initiator

Yes/Aye

Jane Jannarone

Seconder

Yes/Aye

Joseph Riley

Voter

Absent

Nelson Thompson

Voter

Yes/Aye

William Whelan

Voter

Yes/Aye

Joseph Pepitone

Voter

Yes/Aye

Louis Magazzu

Voter

Yes/Aye

 

Body:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS  OF THE COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND, as follows:

That the following persons are hereby appointed as members of the Cumberland County Board of Health for a term of three (3) years, each of said terms to commence on August 1, 2009        and to expire on July 31, 2012:

Leona Salvatore, Bridgeton

Ann Marie Geletka, Upper Deerfield

Passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders held at the Cumberland County Administration Building, 790 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. prevailing time.

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3 Responses to Conflict?

  1. salarysam says:

    Sounds like a violation of the Ethics Code. There is no way that Whelan should be voting on the appointment of his boss’s wife. This appears to be the product of the lack of concern with ethics that has plagued the Board under Magazzu’s watch.

    Ethics and conflicts just don’t seem to be on anyone’s radar. Had it occurred to anyone I’m sure Whelan would have abstained or they would have broken out that Board from the general resolution. By approving all of the appointments at once it would be surprising if there are not other conflicts.

    The Board as a whole has to establish respect for their own Ethics Code.

  2. WuLi says:

    I doubt that this board will respect any law while Magazzu maintains control. Tom Sheppard has my support and hopefully will be the voice of reason and a conscience for the others.

  3. jamesrsauro says:

    The resolution would have passed any way, But Whelan should of Abstained. This was not proper. You could contribute this to inexperience? Hopefully. I just wonder what would have been said if a Republican made that vote. I’m sure it would have been a hum dingier.

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