For Immediate Release - June 19, 2007

Braintree Building Inspector Robert Galewski $5,500 for Using Subordinates and a Vendor to Perform Private Work for Him

Galewski pays $4,000 civil penalty, $1,500 civil forfeiture

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission fined Braintree Building Inspector Robert Galewski $4,000 and required him to pay a civil forfeiture of $1,500, representing the unjust enrichment he received, for violating the state's conflict of interest law, M.G.L. c. 268A, by using his subordinates and a vendor to perform private work for him without pay.

According to the Disposition Agreement, in March 2001, Galewski asked local general contractor Brian McGourty to replace the mailbox at Galewski's personal residence. The total cost for labor and materials was approximately $285. Galewski did not compensate McGourty for the labor or materials. In addition, on numerous occasions between 2001 and 2006, McGourty or one of his employees plowed snow from Galewski's driveway. The usual rate for driveway snowplowing is $35-50 per job. Galewski did not compensate McGourty for the snowplowing. Between 2002 and 2006, Galewski issued building permits and conducted inspections on projects of McGourty, including a 2004 plan for a $1 million building project in which Galewski requested deferral of Planning Board approval until certain outstanding Building Department concerns were resolved.

The Disposition Agreement also discusses Galewski's solicitation of subordinate inspector Michael McGourty (the brother of Brian McGourty) to help transport a dishwasher from a department store to Galewski's personal residence in 2005 and subordinate inspector Eric Erskine to plow Galewski's driveway on numerous occasions between 2001 and 2006. Galewski did not compensate Michael McGourty; he gave Erskine a bottle of liquor and two $50 gift certificates in appreciation of his services. According to the Disposition Agreement, Galewski "was in a position to exercise discretion over supervisory matters involving Michael McGourty and Erskine as his Building Department employees."

Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict law prohibits a public employee from using or attempting to use his position to secure for himself or others an unwarranted privilege of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals. By using his Building Inspector position to get free services from subordinates and a vendor, Galewski violated § 23.

Disposition Agreement