February 01, 2010
MILTON - The Milton Ethics Board has decided that the ethics complaint against former Council member Tina D’Aversa has merit and can continue forward to a hearing.
During last year’s election, it was revealed that D’Aversa had e-mailed her rival for District 5, Joe Longoria, and discussed him dropping out of the race. Allegedly, D’Aversa offered Longoria a position on a volunteer board in return for him dropping out. He refused and went on to win the election. D’Aversa maintains that she has done nothing wrong.
The ethics complaint was filed by former Council member Neal O’Brien.
The Ethics Board debated briefly over whether the email in question constituted a potential ethics violation. Of particular interest was the line, "My intention is for you to join a board or committee and to withdraw your application to seek my council position serving from District 5." In the end they unanimously agreed that it does, in fact, meet the requirements to proceed with an ethics investigation.
Ethics Board Chairman Clint Johnson refused to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that doing so would "be telling him [O’Brien] we’re just going to ignore your complaint. The other thing is that the person who is accused ... does not get an opportunity to clear her name."
D’Aversa will get the chance to do just that at the hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.