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O’Donnell cited for ethics violation

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The state Ethics Commission has found that selectmen chairman Michael O’Donnell violated the state’s conflict of interest law by participating in discussions of the town administrator’s contract while Town Administrator Richard LaFond was negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the town’s police union. The commission ruled that as a member of the union, O’Donnell, a Carver police sergeant, had a financial interest in the negotiations. O’Donnell appealed the case to the Ethics Commission after Police Chief Mike Miksch disciplined him for violating the state’s conflict-of-interest law and suspended him for two days. The commission concluded that O’Donnell took part in the board’s discussions two years ago on a new contract for LaFond, after being warned by the state not to, by e-mailing another selectman to urge him not to go along with a contract offer, whick offered a raise and other benefits that O’Donnell described as “egregious . . . during the recession.”

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