Carver: Audit Committee allows town employees as selectmen

Carver Selectmen requested a Financial Management review by the state’s Department of Revenue, and the agency issued its report October eleventh. It stresses a flaw in town government – three selectmen, the town’s principle employers, are town employees. Selectmen established an Audit Committee in January to study the report and make recommendations.

The committee met Tuesday night for the seventh time to consider report’s recommendation number 2 – adopting a bylaw limiting eligibility for the Board of Selectmen. A majority of the committee didn’t like the idea.

Most board members found the mandatory nature of a bylaw objectionable. Former selectman and audit committee member Ron Clarke said he personally would not vote for a candidate who held a job with the town, but didn’t want to foreclose the choices of other voters.

“Let the voters make the decision,” Clarke said.

Audit Committee Chairman Bruce Kaiser stood alone in favor of the bylaw.

The Carver Audit Committee took no formal vote on the state’s recommendation to exclude town employees from the Board of Selectmen. They did decide to review all the recommendations, take one vote on the list and present that result to selectmen.

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.