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
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.