I recently received a copy of the “Talk of the Town” and was shocked, as are some town council members, to discover that the mayor’s job has been elevated to a full-time position. By what vote, either of the town electorate or town council did this occur?
Something is not right. The person I spoke to was not aware that the mayor’s job description had been changed. If the public was never asked or made aware, how did the job description change?
Mayor Dale Barr has apparently promoted or elevated his position to full-time status, (seemingly with increased compensation) without any formal approval. The mayor sold property, at a healthy profit, to the town for an ambulance building. Then the town required that the furnishings could only be purchased from the mayor’s furniture store.
These are not allegations. They are actual events. A cloud of suspicion surrounds the mayor’s office. The events do not insinuate any wrongdoing, but they raise some very pertinent questions for both the mayor and sitting town councillors.
What is ethical and what constitutes a conflict of interest?