The Ethics Commission held its 4th meeting of 2013 on March 19, 2013.
The Commission took the following actions:
Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-11 to Michael J. Colonair, a member of the Pascoag Fire District Board of Commissioners, opining that he is prohibited by the Code of Ethics from seeking or accepting employment as a volunteer firefighter in the Pascoag Fire District while holding office as a Commissioner and for a period of one (1) year after leaving his position as a Commissioner.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-12 to James J. Lombardi, the City Treasurer for the City of Providence, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from receiving a Community Development Block Grant from the City.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-13 to Richard A. Monteiro, an alternate member of the Woonsocket Personnel Board, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in matters before the Personnel Board that involve members of the Woonsocket City Employees Local 670, Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, notwithstanding that his daughter is a police dispatcher in Woonsocket and a member of that local bargaining unit. However, he is required to recuse from any Personnel Board matters that would have a financial impact on his daughter or provide her with an employment advantage.
Approved an Informal Resolution and Settlement by a vote of 4 to 2 in the matter In re: Kimberly Gaffett, consolidated cases, Complaint Nos. 2013-1 and 2013-2. There, the Respondent, a member of the New Shoreham Town Council, admitted to participating in the nomination and appointment of her brother-in-law to a position on the New Shoreham Planning Board in violation of Commission Regulation 36-14-5004(b)(1) and (b)(2)(A). A civil penalty of $500 was imposed.