According to an
article yesterday on seacoastonline.com
, a committee of the Select
Board of North
(pop. 4,500) brought to the Select Board its concern
about the town administrator dealing with health insurance issues when
he was on the board of the state's
Local Government Center
, a local government association that makes
available to towns in the state a health insurance plan, among other
services. The concern was whether the administrator could be "objective
in his investigation of alternatives to that organization handling the
town's health care benefit program."
The Select Board decided that there was no conflict. "On the contrary,"
the Board wrote, "we feel fortunate that [the administrator] has
voluntarily decided to spend the extra time and effort to represent the
interests and concerns of the town of North Hampton."
There is an apparent conflict in this situation. There is also a
potential conflict. But why is it not an actual conflict? And how
should it be handled?