The Derry Town Council will look more closely at ethics, including conflict of interest and nepotism, in the near future.
At the Oct. 21 meeting, members discussed tightening up their rules and standards on ethical issues, in order to better serve the citizens of Derry.
Chairman Mark Osborne brought the issue up as an agenda item and said it should apply to both the Council and other boards and committees. “How do we want to go forward?” he asked. “We want the highest standards for our employees and ourselves, with no conflicts of interest.”
In particular, Osborne called for a formal definition of “conflict of interest.” “Councilor A might think one thing, Councilor B another,” he observed.
The Council rules provide some clarification, Osborne said, adding, “But we can do better.”