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July 22, 2018
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Ethics commission rejects conflict of interest proposal
(WOUB) - The Ohio Ethics Commission has rejected an effort by the City of Athens to get a new conflict of interest ruling.

City Law Director Garry Hunter wanted the commission to back off a previous legal opinion that city council members who are employed by Ohio University should not vote on matters affecting the university.

The commission voted unanimously this week to prohibit such council members, quote, "from participating in any matter before council if the university has a definite and direct interest in the matter."

The decision came in a case about the Village of Hiram and Hiram College, but applies to Athens and OU, and came as a disappointment to Hunter.

Of Athens City Council's seven members, three are employed at OU.

Hunter says he want to talk with council before deciding what, if any, action to take next.

The decision also says there is no prohibition in matters in which the university "has some indirect or indefinite interest."
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