Candland Introduces Conflict of Interests Resolution
Gainesville, VA – On Tuesday, Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland presented a resolution strengthening the conflict of interests rules for members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
“At a time when distrust of government is high, we, the Board of County Supervisors, need to maintain the highest levels of public trust by being transparent and honest with the taxpayers,” said Candland.
Supervisor Candland announced his intent to bring the resolution to a vote at the next Board meeting on August 7.
“This resolution simply states that a member of the Board cannot vote in an action where the Supervisor or immediate family members have a direct conflict of interest. It also prevents Supervisors from voting on matters where funding is directed to an organization in which the Supervisor or family member sits on the board of that organization.”
The conflict of interest resolution reaffirms the state policies, and takes it a step further to ensure that there is no appearance of impropriety on actions taken by the Board.
Candland continued, “We owe it to the taxpayers of Prince William County to disclose all potential and perceived conflicts of interest. The resolution, once adopted, will show the citizens of the county that we are serious about transparency and being prudent with taxpayer dollars.”
Supervisor Candland is posting the resolution on his website, www.SupervisorCandland.com, so that the public can review and offer comments and suggestions for improvements to the resolution. This may be the first time that a Supervisor has put the text of a resolution online for public input prior to an official vote.
The Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County provides some additional insight into this. Apparently, Supervisor Candland had previously circulated this resolution to the rest of the Board, but one or more supervisors used stalling tactics to delay its consideration. (Neabsco Dist. Supervisor John Jenkins claimed he had not received it.) In addition, the Clerk of the BOCS is said to have not distributed a copy of the resolution to the Board members even though it had been given to him in advance by Candland for inclusion in the Board packet.
This resolution was one of the things Supervisor Candland and I were discussing Monday night at the PWC GOP Cmte. meeting. This childish game being played by a majority of the BOCS and County Executive Melissa Peacor proves they are not adults who can be trusted to do what is right. The McCoart building has become a swamp that must be drained and reformed. I will not rest until those who are the ethically questionable dinosaurs serving on this Board are ousted from the public trough. And we may not even have to wait until 2015 for that to happen.