Cohasset: State clears Selectman Gjesteby of ethics allegations

Cohasset selectmen voted Tuesday night to release the conclusion of the state ethics commission in the case of Selectman Martha Gjesteby.

The ethics commission cleared the charges the Cohasset Board of Selectmen brought against their own member, for allegedly sending an email containing attorney-client privileged information to someone other than a Cohasset selectman, a charge Gjesteby had emphatically denied.

Gjesteby responded to the ethics commission report and said,
“The issue of an email was not a correct issue. The email was a question of query. That’s probably why the ethics commission ruled the way they did”.

Selectman Karen Quigley believes the board should propose that the town reimburse Gjesteby for the $10,000 dollars she spent to defend herself.

“I do know that Mrs. Gjesteby paid significant money to defend herself in this case and I think that I would like to propose that the town – and I don’t know whether it has to go to a town meeting vote or the selectmen can do it – reimburse Mrs. Gjesteby for almost $10,000 in legal fees to defend herself”.

Quigley also requested that the board issue a formal apology.

The board said they would post it as an agenda item and take up the issue at another meeting.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.