Protecting the Public’s Interest
The clerk in the town highway superintendent’s office is married to the owner of an equipment repair shop, who operates the business as a sole proprietorship. The clerk’s duties include keeping a record of all highway purchases and checking invoices for accuracy before they are approved by the highway superintendent. It is probable that the town will do business in excess of $750 with the repair shop.
Does the highway department clerk have a prohibited interest in a contract? Why or why not? If she does not, are there any other issues with which the town should be concerned?