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Walden Ethics Board decision due next week

October 3rd, 2012

A decision from the Village of Walden Ethics Board on whether or not Mayor Brian Maher improperly accepted a campaign contribution, could come on October 11.

The Ethics Board met last Thursday to determine if there was any impropriety on the mayor’s part in the hiring of a new law firm as village attorney following his acceptance of a campaign donation from that firm.

The board conducted their discussions on the issue in executive session, explaining it was necessary as the matter involved a village official and possible disciplinary action.

When the Ethics Board returned, they asked their special counsel to prepare their proposed opinion and recommendations for possible passing at their next meeting on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Village Hall. Their opinion and recommendations would then go to the Village Board for any necessary action.

In the course of their consideration, members of the board noted that they did not appear to have the power to conduct investigations. Richard Golden, special counsel for the Ethics Board, said the code states there can be investigations as provided by law, but that there are no state or local laws providing that power to the board.

The Ethics Board asked Golden to also prepare something for them to send to the Village Board for consideration of a local law amending the Code of Ethics to provide the Ethics Board with that ability.

Golden noted that this action is unrelated to the advisory opinion the board has been asked to provide regarding the mayor.


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