For Immediate Release - October 24, 2007

Wellfleet Department of Public Works Director Mark Vincent and Assistant Director Kevin Cahoon Fined $500 Each

For Personal Use of Town Equipment

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission issued two Disposition Agreements in which Wellfleet Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Mark Vincent and Assistant Director Kevin Cahoon were each fined $500 for Cahoon's personal use of town equipment.

According to the Disposition Agreement, Vincent allowed Cahoon to take a DPW wood chipper to his home and use it for tree-clearing work. Cahoon had the chipper at his home from October 2006 until he returned it following questions by the Wellfleet police in April 2007. Cahoon has since resigned his position with the Wellfleet DPW.

Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict law prohibits a public employee from using or attempting to use his position to secure for himself an unwarranted privilege of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals. By allowing Cahoon to take possession of and use the chipper without following the required disposal procedures, Vincent violated this section of the law. By taking possession of the chipper and using it for personal purposes, Cahoon also violated this section of the law.

"Public tools and equipment are for public use," said Commission spokesperson Carol Carson. "Public employees, like all citizens, must purchase their own equipment for personal use."