flag image

Unethical actions are alleged

Pulawski charges conflicts in two events

John Pulawski (click for larger version)
June 17, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — To John Pulawski, a SouthbridgeFest and this week's candidates' Meet and Greet ought to be investigated — so he filed a state ethics complaint against both.

Regarding the former, Pulawski claims there's a conflict of interest in the fact that a town employee, Economic Development Director Sandy Acly, put hours of work into the fest on town time even though the event is formally run by the Downtown Partnership, of which Acly is a board member. Regarding the latter, he sees a problem with the fact the Meet and Greet was organized in part by Denise Clemence, a town council candidate, and is being held at the Community Center, a town building.

A Town Clerk candidate, Pulawski raised the issues Friday and initially agreed to sit down Monday to discuss them with the Southbridge Evening News. On Sunday, he sent an e-mail saying he wants to "let the State Ethics Commission pursue this rather than come off acting like I am the acting Attorney General."

The Ethics Commission declined to comment, but referred this reporter to several advisories on its Web site.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

Stonebridge Press
inclusion image
inclusion image
Thanks for visiting Stonebridge Press and Villager Newspapers