The Ethics Commission held its 10th meeting of 2011 on June 21, 2011.
The Commission issued the following advisory opinion:
A.O. 2011-36 to Stephen Durkee, a member of the Providence City Plan Commission, opining that he must recuse from participation and vote in the City Plan Commission’s consideration of any matters in which his former architectural firm, Durkee Brown, appears given that a business associate relationship continues to exist between the parties. However, the Code of Ethics does not require the Petitioner’s recusal on matters in which present or former Durkee Brown clients, including the Armory Revival Co. and Brown University, appear before the City Plan Commission provided that: 1) Durkee Brown does not appear on behalf of the client or former client; and 2) the matter under consideration does not involve a Durkee Brown project or financially impact Durkee Brown.