With his running for mayor this year, why hasn’t Jeffrey Smith removed himself from the city of Watertown Charter Commission? Everyone knows, including him, that this is the definition of a conflict of interest when it comes to his being involved with the Charter Commission to determine if the question of a strong mayor form of government should be on the ballot this fall.
I have no personal issues with Mr. Smith as I have never met him or really know anything about him, and I would say this about anyone who had a conflict of interest over a big decision being made on behalf of the taxpayers.
The strong mayor form of government would most likely be something Mr. Smith doesn’t support because he would not be able to fulfill those duties and time requirements. Even if he was for it, his being a part of the decision-making process and running for mayor is not ethical.
I am not sure what the protocols are for having someone removed from the committee (especially the chair), but ethically he should take it upon himself to either step down from the committee or withdraw from the mayoral race. If the City Council has the power to have him removed from the committee, then it should be done promptly.
Jeffrey W. Kimball