- David A. Wilson, Executive Director
Media Contact for Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Former Roxbury Community College Director of Public Safety Oscar Walker Violated Financial Disclosure Law
Gerry Tuoti, Public Information Officer
Boston, MA — The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission today filed an Order to Show Cause alleging that former Roxbury Community College Director of Public Safety Oscar Walker violated the Financial Disclosure Law by failing to file a 2017 Statement of Financial Interests. The Order initiates an adjudicatory proceeding concerning Walker’s alleged violation.
The Financial Disclosure Law requires elected state and county officials, candidates for state office, and appointed state and county employees who serve more than 30 days in designated major policymaking positions to annually disclose their financial interests and private business associations by filing a Statement of Financial Interests with the Ethics Commission. The Commission has an established schedule of civil penalties for late filers. If the allegations against him are proved, Walker will be subject to a $2,500 civil penalty if he files his 2017 Statement of Financial Interests before the Commission issues its Decision and Order in the matter; if he does not so file, he will be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.
According to the Order to Show Cause, Walker was required to file a 2017 Statement of Financial Interests because he worked for more than 30 days that year as Roxbury Community College Director of Public Safety, a designated major policymaker position. The Commission sent Walker a notice on May 2, 2018 advising him that he had missed the May 1, 2018 filing deadline and would be subject to a civil penalty if he failed to file within 10 days of receiving the notice. Walker then called the Commission on May 10, 2018 to ask if he was required to file since he no longer worked at Roxbury Community College. The Commission advised Walker that he was required to file a 2017 Statement of Financial Interests. To date, Walker has not filed a Statement of Financial Interests for 2017.
The Commission will schedule a hearing on the matter within 90 days.