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Ethics Board Dismisses Nepotism Complaint

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After 45 minutes of deliberation in executive session, the Oxford Board of Ethics dismissed a complaint alleging nepotism and a conflict of interest in the hiring of a public works employee.

During a meeting on Jan. 28, the board found no evidence or basis to substantiate the claims made by Ann Krane. The Oxford resident said it was a clear-cut case of nepotism when the Town hired Derek Watts for a public works job, given the fact that his father, Wayne, is the director of the department. The Board of Selectmen, which Krane named in her complaint, approved the hiring.

Reacting to the board's decision, Oxford First Selectman George Temple said, “They did the right thing. There was absolutely no basis for an ethical complaint.”

While Krane is the chairman of the Oxford Democratic Town Committee, she maintains that the complaint was filed as a concerned citizen, and not in an official capacity with her political party.  

Temple, a Republican, said he wasn't buying that.

"She went way over board with no basis whatsoever," he said. "She didn’t do her party any good, or the good people who are Democrats in town."

“We hire people based on merit,” Temple said. “[Derek Watt is] one of the better hires I made. That kid is going to be terrific for public works.”

Asked for her reaction to the board's decision, Krane sent Patch a statement which has been published in full at this link. It reads, in part:

"This board has failed to carry out its responsibility to the residents of Oxford and the abuse of power goes on ... Perhaps it’s the ethical conduct of the Board that needs to be reviewed."

kathy johnson February 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Bonnie you get it. You see there is just so many times you can support a person or a political party if you believe they are doing the wrong thing. I do not believe that the end always justifies the means. I have held my noise too many times, tryed to make ammends and have been told not to express myself on Patch . Nothing changes. Some say I am airing dirty laundry, well I am free like anyone else and I am free to speak. Some will praise me and others will not. I accept that fact but I have to live with myself.
Bonnie February 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM
@kathy Johnson Kathy, don't let these ignorant people get you upset! All they want is to create waves and get a rise out of the people that just want to move on. Personally people will never ever look at things the way we do (logically). It's obvious that someone needs some cheese with the "Whine"! I have a saying that I used to say to my kids..."wine comes in a bottle, not in a 12 year old", boy isn't there a lot of people that can wear that on a T-shirt? Lately that's all I'm hearing is whining... Wawa...it's laughable how many adults whine and cry when things don't go their way. I wish people would admit they were perhaps wrong, out of line or barking up a wrong tree but I guess we can't have that since there's always got to politics involved. This one just back fired but like usual a different person or group of people are to blame instead. So what I'm saying is even tho I don't know you, I don't want to see you getting upset over ignorant people that can't keep calm and move on. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your sense of smell, this entire situation smelled like cow pies from the start (just a little dig to that someone that thinks we live in some back country, inbreeding town!) Just smile it makes everyone wonder what you're up to!!! :)
kathy johnson February 11, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Bonnie you have been kinder to me (and you have never met me )than some of the people I used to call or think were my friends. My faith tells me I should humble myself and take it. It baffles me that some can behave badly and get away with it all the time and they are defended. Very few have ever defended me. No one rode in on a white horse to save me as they have done for Anne Krane and MADR. All that I did for the Dems is forgotten. When I was First Selectman my own people faught me every step of the way. I was even told that I was not smart enough to lead the town. I dont stay where I am not wanted. As Jesus said to his deciples do not throw pearls to swine.
Ed Rowland February 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Kathy,I have always felt you were a wonderful women and friend.One of the reasons I don't want to be involved is the battering that goes on whether you are right or wrong someone will be unhappy.I love the town of Oxford but the politics of the last 10 years or so turned me away.I have only met Ann Krane a couple of times and she seemed nice enough and I am good friends with MaryAnn and John.You feel free to speak your mind whenever you want to.
kathy johnson February 11, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Ed I respect your view and your friendships with others. I consider you a wonderful peaceful man and a friend. There is no need for you to take sides I could never ask you to do that. To not falt me for speaking my mind is fair on your part. After all we all learn our lessons the hard way. I am prepared to take my knocks. The Greeks say that words can break bones. Broken bones in time can heal. You are the type of man that can walk away and hold your tongue. I was not blessed with that gift.

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