Requested that the town re-bid its sand contract and purchase 50% of the sand from his cousin\u0027s business\n\nThe Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement (\u0022Agreement\u0022) in which Goshen (\u0022Town\u0022) Board of Selectmen (\u0022BOS\u0022) member John Judd (\u0022Judd\u0022) admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by requesting that the BOS re-bid the contract to purchase washed, screened sand, and to purchase sand from his cousin\u0027s business. Pursuant to the Agreement, Judd paid a $2,500 civil penalty and agreed to complete training on the conflict of interest law.\n\nAccording to the Agreement, in August 2009, the Town participated in a cooperative purchasing arrangement with the Hampshire County Council of Governments to purchase 3,000 tons of washed, screened sand. The contract was put out to bid, and the lowest responsive bidder was awarded the contract. Judd\u0027s cousin, Francis Judd, owns George D. Judd \u0026 Sons, LLC (\u0022Judd \u0026 Sons\u0022), which submitted a bid that was rejected as non-responsive. At the October 12, 2010 BOS meeting, Judd requested that the town re-bid the contract to secure a better price, and he criticized the highway superintendent for not purchasing sand from Judd \u0026 Sons. At that meeting, Judd also presented a contract for the BOS\u0027s approval calling for the Town to purchase 50% of the Town\u0027s sand from Judd \u0026 Sons. The proposed contract was valued at approximately $13,500. Judd\u0027s attempt to secure a Town contract for his cousin was unsuccessful as the BOS did not approve or sign the contract.\n\nSection 23(b)(2)(ii) of the conflict of interest law prohibits a municipal employee from, knowingly, or with reason to know, using or attempting to use his official position to secure for himself or others unwarranted privileges or exemptions which are of substantial value and which are not properly available to similarly situated individuals. According to the Agreement, Judd violated section 23(b)(2)(ii) by, as a BOS member, attempting to have the BOS purchase 50% of the Town\u0027s sand from Judd \u0026 Sons without following the standard procurement process.\n\n\u0022Public employees are prohibited by the conflict of interest law from using their official positions to circumvent contract bidding requirements in order to benefit themselves or their family,\u0022 stated Executive Director Karen L. Nober.