Amherst Select Board: town's highest ranking elected office
Interestingly the Select Board has been through this Conflict of Interest issue before, so you would think history would not repeat itself.
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Back in 2007 rookie Select Board members Alisa Brewer and Professor Rob Kusner voted to allow UMass free use of effluent water (in a close 3-2 vote) that normally would have cost them over $100,000 annually. I instantly filed a complaint with the State Ethics Division.
Note Ms. Brewer's body language
Interestingly they found no violation because the board members had (sort of) made a PUBLIC disclosure at the 9/17 meeting immediately before the discussion/vote.
And they had filed a disclosure form with the Town Clerk, although those forms were filed a week AFTER the 9/17/2007 Select Board meeting.
Note this disclosure filed 9/25 was for a 9/17 meeting
Whereas this time around Ms. Brewer still has the 2007 disclosure form on file, but she did NOT make a public announcement during the 12/21 meeting about her UMass affiliations.
Rob Kusner's disclosure filed 9/24 to cover a 9/17 meeting