Hickey Resigns From LGC Board
Town manager told the Eagle-Tribune he had "too many conflicts" between his job and the LGC board position.
Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey has resigned his position as a member of the board of directors for Local Government Center, according to a report Thursday published by the Eagle-Tribune. According to the paper, Hickey cited too many conflicts between his position in Salem and his position with the much-maligned LGC.
Hickey's resignation was effective Dec. 14, according to a statement posted on the LGC's website.
"We are grateful for his many years of volunteerism, during which he served in several roles, including as the Vice Chairman," Tom Enright, Chairman of the LGC Board of Directors, said in the statement. "I will greatly miss Keith’s counsel and long loyalty to LGC, and we wish him well as he continues his career in public service to local government.”
At the Board of Selectmen meeting Dec. 11, the board unanimously voted to join a complaint against the LGC for "discriminatory business practices."
"The LGC’s proposed refund through the issuance of future insurance premium 'holidays' to current LGC members will not include those municipalities and school districts that contributed to the creation of the surplus funds, but that have recently left the LGC and taken their insurance business elsewhere," according to a statement from Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig in regards to the complaint.
Hickey's involvement in the LGC, and what it could mean for the town as the LGC faces refunding communities in the state, was first broached by the Board of Selectmen in August 2011.
Former selectmen chair Beth Roth said at the time Hickey's involvement with the LGC was an asset to Salem and that it was "part of the condition of his hiring at the time that he maintain his position on the board."
Selectman Stephen Campbell said there was no direct stipulation in Hickey's town contract that stated he maintain his position on the LGC board.
Hickey's role on the LGC board, and its direct impact on his job in Salem, was spelled out more clearly when a new contract with the town was approved back in February.