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Newly elected Council Chair Sharon Stover has resigned from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Critics cited conflict of interest concerns because Stover voted on the recently approved interim teen center project proposed by the JJAB.
Community activist Pat Max said Stover should have recused herself from voting because she was a paid contractor with JJAB.
Councilor Mike Wismer, who recently completed his term as council chairman, said there was no conflict of interest regarding Stover because county funds awarded for the interim teen center are going to the contracted operator and not to JJAB.
“Neither Councilor Stover nor the JJAB will benefit financially in any way from this contract,” Wismer said. “It’s a shame some people are misunderstanding the situation and speaking out against Councilor Stover because her only interest is and always has been what’s best for the community – working with her on council I can tell you she is an extremely dedicated and committed public servant, especially when it comes to our youth.”
He explained that council voted to go out for requests for proposals for operating the interim teen center and that the Los Alamos Family YMCA was awarded the contract. JJAB did not submit a proposal to run the center, he said.
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