Amherst Select Board August 15
State Ethics Commission
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108-1501
To Whom It May Concern,
I wish to file a formal complaint concerning a violation of state ethics law — especially as it relates to the “appearance of a conflict of interest” — by Amherst Select Board member Doug Slaughter at the Select Board September 26 regular Monday night meeting.
Five hours into said meeting the Select Board briefly discussed taking a position on a $65 million Debt Exclusion Override question for a new elementary school that appears on the November 8th ballot.
Member Connie Kruger made a motion to support passage of the Question, it was seconded by Doug Slaughter, and then all five voted in favor.
Although at that time of night (11:30 PM) no member of the general public was still at the meeting it is broadcast by Amherst Media thus available for your perusal.
Since Mr. Slaughter is a full time Amherst School employee he should have abstained from the vote, or at the very least made a public announcement of his school affiliation to avoid the "appearance of a conflict of interest."
Larry J. Kelley
596 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002