Hayden Town Council decides not to create conflict of interest policy | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden Town Council decides not to create conflict of interest policy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The town of Hayden has decided to continue looking to existing Colorado laws when it comes to determining potential conflicts of interest involving Town Council members.

The Town Council discussed Monday whether to create its own rules related to conflicts of interest and ultimately decided not to.

“They decided not to enact any additional policy and just directed staff to make sure we are following state statute to the letter,” Hayden Town Manager Mathew Mendisco said. “It’s pretty thorough.”

Two council members currently do contractual work for the town. Mayor Jim Haskins has been doing janitorial work at Hayden Town Hall since the mid 1980s and gets paid $200 each month. Council member Ashley McMurray gets paid $475 each month to manage the town’s website and social media.

Both council members have said that their work has been put out to bid and that their bids have come in consistently cheaper.

The Town Council did direct staff to annually bid out any work that is performed by council members.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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