Further Proof that Rodney Elliot is playing politics and is trying to create a situation for his own political benefit and trying to makes his other Councilors look bad is this simple fact.
There is NO need to place an Agenda item that Req. the City Mgr./City Solicitor get an opinion from the Ethics Commission on hiring process for Treasurer.
If Rodney was serious and really felt there was an Issue why didn’t he file his own inquiry on Monday or Tuesday when he claims to have first found out about this? He if is so concerned why doesn’t he have the nerve to challenge this on his own? No Guts no Glory!
Why hasn’t he placed an official inquiry himself? Because A) he knows he has no basis and would look even more foolish than he now does and B) he wants to embarrass some of his fellow councilor, the Manager and Mr. Moses.
Filing a complaint is easy, I went to the State’s website and found the form. Maybe I’ll fill it out and send it in along with Rodney’s outburst on LTC and this motion and ask the State myself if this is a violation of the Plan E charter. Here is what the state says about filing an inquiry:
Filing a Complaint with the Enforcement Division
If you believe that a state, county or municipal employee has violated the conflict of interest or financial disclosure law, you can file a complaint with the Commission’s Enforcement Division. All materials relating to a complaint are required by law to be kept confidential, as well as the name of the complainant. A complaint may be filed by telephone by speaking to an Intake Investigator, or in writing via U.S. mail, or electronically by using the on-line complaint form
Rodney has no guts to take this on himself because he knows he is wrong and its all about getting the SUN to write more glowing articles on him. Instead he wants to have Bud 2nd the motion and force Councilors to respond.
Rodney seems intent on putting this on the floor to force the council to act. That way he can’t be accused of interfering with the Manager and Plan E form of Gov’t. He wants to force all the councilors to do this.They don’t have to and would be smart NOT to.
One of them I’m sure will be smart enough to ask for a substitute motion and ask the Solictor to advise them so they do not violate section 107. Sorry Rodney you get to grandstand and attempt to fool the voters but the majority of Councilors are to smart to get drawn into your desperation.
Maybe he’ll have John Linnehan in the audience cheering him on. If your not familiar with Mr.John Linnehan, he is a certified public accountant who is the chairman of the city’s Board of Parks and has applied for the City Clerk’s job which the City Council oversee’s and is responsible for hiring.
He has wanted the Treasurer’s post for a long time. He was also one of the past presidents and founder of Lowell Youth soccer. Guess who is now the President? Ask Rodney he’ll tell you.
This was in the Sun BLOG back in 2008:
CITY MANAGER Bernie Lynch hired a new treasurer last week, but is taking it on the chin from former and current pols who pushed for a Lowell candidate.
David McGurl, town treasurer in Winchester, brings municipal accounting and treasury experience to the $82,000-per-year job.
McGurl got the job over Lowell resident John Linnehan, an accountant who has no municipal experience but plenty of political connections.
Linnehan’s father, James Linnehan, is a lawyer and accountant who’s close to many of the city’s top elected Democrats. The Linnehans have operated a successful family business for decades.
Lynch landed in a no-win situation. If he hired Linnehan and treasury operations went south, he’d be criticized. If he hired outside, he’d still face the heat.
Hmm since Mr. Linnehan was a past soccer president and according to the SUN has “plenty of political connections” doesn’t it stand to reason by Rodney Elliot’s Logic that Rodney should recuse himself from the selection of the next city clerk?
I’m sure over the years Rodney has socialized on more than one occasion with Mr. Linnehan like Tom Moses has with Greg Labrecque yet I haven’t heard Rodney say he was recusing himself?
Guess that only works one way in an Election Year!