Independence Ethics Commission finds no conflict of interest for councilman

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 14:31:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Independence Board of Ethics decided Tuesday that councilman Curt Dougherty had no conflict on interest when deciding city business.

The commission said it will issue an advisement for Dougherty to recuse himself in the future if there is a strong appearance of a potential conflict. 

Dougherty works as a foreman for Mark One Electric, a company that has been awarded several contracts and subcontracts to work on city-approved projects. 

“It’s a big company that doesn't need me to direct contracts anywhere. In seven years there were two,” Dougherty told 41 Action News after he testified. 

Councilman Scott Roberson first vocalized concerns about a potential conflict of interest. 

“When one company continues to get a lot of the work, then it is concerning and I want a ruling from the ethics commission on that,” said Roberson. 

He sent a letter to the board, requesting they review the issue and issue an opinion. 

The hearing was initially scheduled for earlier in the month but Dougherty never appeared. The commission issued a subpoena, requiring Dougherty to appear Tuesday night. 

According to several Independence employees, this is the first time in years the board has held a hearing to discuss a conflict of interest.