Dennis Assembly Delegate's Conduct Questioned

May have violated County charter by trying to influence County Commissioners
John Ohman, representing Dennis on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates (Barnstable County video capture)

John Ohman, the Town of Dennis' delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, may have violated a provision of the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter during his appearance at Wednesday's meeting of the Barnstable County Commissioners.

Mr. Ohman appeared during the Commissioners' public comment period and advocated for the appointment of Cape Cod Commission Deputy Director Kristy Senatori as Executive Director following the departure of current director Paul Niedzwiecki. 

He spoke eloquently about the succession plan implemented by Mr. Niedzwiecki and represented Ms. Senatori as being in place and ready to continue the work into the twenty-first century.  "I urge you to consider Ms. Senatori as the logical and most qualified to lead Cape Cod Commission into the future.  It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it to ensure the success in protecting Cape Cod's unique legacy into the twenty-first century," said Mr. Ohman.

The only problem is that, under Section 2-6 of the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter, "No member of the assembly of delegates shall individually, or collectively, seek to influence the board of regional commissioners to dismiss, to appoint, or to promote any person to any position in the executive branch of the Cape Cod regional government."

The Charter does not include a mechanism for enforcement or sanctioning of Assembly delgates who violate this prohibition.  

Mr. Ohman's remarks begin at time index 08:00 on the video embedded below.


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