Former Oak Bluffs Zoning Board of Appeals Member William Sullivan Fined $3,000 for Representing Clients before the Committee
Sullivan also forfeits $600
According to the Disposition Agreement, Sullivan, a residential designer, violated G.L. c. 268A, § 17(a) and (c) by representing clients for compensation on six special permits before the ZBA. Sullivan's actions included answering questions, presenting his plan designs and advocating the granting of special permits.
Section 17(a) of the conflict law prohibits a municipal employee from receiving compensation from anyone other than the town in relation to particular matters in which the town has an interest. Section 17(c) prohibits a municipal employee from acting as an attorney for anyone other than the town in connection with a particular matter in which the town is a party or has a direct and substantial interest. By acting on behalf of his clients for compensation in matters before the ZBA, Sullivan violated section 17(a) and 17(c).
"A town official owes undivided loyalty to the town," said Executive Director Peter Sturges. "He cannot step out of his official role and move to the other side of the table to represent clients before the board he serves."