Brenda Konkel, doyenne of the cop-bashing Progressive Dane political party, is set to cause more trouble. She’s vetting an ethics complaint against school board president Gloria Reyes for voting to retain cops in Madison’s troubled high schools.
This is the same Brenda Konkel who advertised for someone to file a complaint against Chief Mike Koval. Madame Brenda writes:
Gloria Reyes continues to work for the City of Madison. [Blaska: true. Don’t know how Reyes parlayed an appointive position as deputy mayor but maybe she had bumping rights from her police officer days.] She works in the Community Development Division.
2. The city is the vendor in this case.
3. She is not allowed to “participate in” the district’s purchasing process. However, she made the motion to accept the contract! You can watch the video or read my transcription yourself here.
4. And in the very least, she should have at least disclosed! Plus physically removed herself from the table and refrained from participating or voting. Technically, we’re dealing with some more [XXX] language and the policy only addresses conflicts in “closed session or a “workgroup” meeting and during a “regular” meeting. This was a “Special Board of Education Meeting in Open Session – WORKSHOP.” None of these words are included in the definitions section of the policy.
There was a violation of the school board policy by the school board president in that she works for the vendor (city) and participated in deciding if that vendor got a contract;
It’s unclear how to file a complaint;
It’s unclear what the consequences of filing a complaint would be;
The state of ethics in local government needs to be taken seriously and addressed;
Does anyone care? Ethics?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The Madison Board of Education did sneak this one through, advertising the Monday, June 10 meeting as a “workshop,” typically a non-voting meeting, instead of taking up school resource officers at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on June 24. The Madison Common Council won’t be so lucky. Freedom Inc. will be ready this time.