Ethics Commission Meeting May 4, 2010
At the 9th meeting of the Commission in 2010, the Commission issued the following advisory opinions:
A.O. 2010-20 to Col. Brendan P. Doherty, the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, opining that he may participate in contract negotiations between the Rhode Island Department of Administration and the Rhode Island Troopers' Association, provided that he does not participate in discussions or negotiations involving any incentive bonus based on accreditation status.
A.O. 2010-21 to Angel M. DesMarais, District Clerk for the Manville Fire District, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit her from carrying out her duties, as represented by the Petitioner, while serving as District Clerk of the Manville Fire District, notwithstanding the fact that her spouse currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Manville Fire Department.
A.O. 2010-22 to Douglas Axelson, Chair of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the East Greenwich Fire District, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit Peter F. Henrikson from being appointed to and serving in the position of Chief of the Fire District, notwithstanding the fact that his spouse is employed by the Fire District as Chief Administrative Clerk.
A.O. 2010-23 to Robert S. Crausman, MD, MMS, former Chief Administrative Officer of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline for the Department of Health, who is currently employed as the Chief Medical Officer for Landmark Medical Center, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from reporting to, as may be required by state statute or regulation, and making informational inquiries to his former agency, the Department of Health.
A.O. 2010-24 to Kevin D. McGee, a Coventry Housing Authority Commissioner, opining that he may not accept a position with the Housing Authority as its Maintenance Director while a member of the Housing Authority and for one year from his severance from that entity.
The Commission received updates on the matters of In re: Brenda K. Gaynor, Complaint No. 2001-32 and In re: Aisha W. Abdullah-Odiase, Complaint Nos. 2001-34 & NF2002-1, In re: Luis Aponte, Complaint No. NF2005-3, and Joseph S. Larisa, Jr. v. Rhode Island Ethics Commission, Superior Court C.A. No. 08-7325. .
The Commission had discussion of comments received and took an initial vote to withdraw General Commission Advisory (GCA) Opinion No. 8 - Architect Members of State and Local Historic Preservation Commissions Appearing before their Respective Agencies.
The Commission received a legislative update from staff.