LETTER: Conflict of interest should have been obvious to county board
To The Telegram: I see that Dan Corbin, Douglas County Board supervisor from the 23rd District, was told by the Wisconsin attorney general to give up his position on the Superior Speedway Inc. board. I subscribe to The Daily Telegram and try to r...
To The Telegram:
I see that Dan Corbin, Douglas County Board supervisor from the 23rd District, was told by the Wisconsin attorney general to give up his position on the Superior Speedway Inc. board.
I subscribe to The Daily Telegram and try to read everything written locally, but unless I overlooked it, I don't recall seeing anything relating to this particularly newsworthy event published in The Telegram.
If I am correct in this observation, where were the local reporters whose duties are to cover local news on this story?
I had often wondered how Mr. Corbin could be on the County Board and also on the Speedway Board. Talk about a conflict of interest. Thank God someone informed the AG's office of this situation.
As I understand it, Mr. Corbin was attending a meeting of County Board members during which he got a phone call from the AG's office informing him to resign his position on the Speedway, Inc. board.
Then he promptly tendered his resignation to the County Board. My question is this: Why did the County Board members allow this practice to go on in the first place?
I do believe it's time to reduce the number of County Board supervisors, although I wouldn't advocate cutting it down from 28 to 7, like a misguided individual proposes. That's just too radical. As the June 12 Web poll in The Telegram indicated, 82 percent of respondents said the board has too many members.
-- Richard "Beaner" Dembroski,
Editor's Note: You are correct about Corbin's resignation from the Speedway board. Although he filed his resignation letter with the county clerk, The Telegram was not aware of the situation until you brought it to our attention.
To this day, both the city council and county board appoint their members to sit on the boards of organizations to which they provide funding. A legal conflict generally doesn't exist unless they profit monetarily from their role.