I formally request that Boyd Britton recuse himself from voting, deliberating, discussing, or representing Grant County on any Forest Service business. I would ultimately ask for Mr. Britton to resign his position as well.
Mr. Britton has a strong appearance of a conflict of interest in dealing with or discussing Forest Service business being brought to the County Court. His business dealings as the sole proprietor of Boyd Britton Welding Inc. with the Malheur National Forest leads to that conflict of interest. While Mr. Britton claims what he is doing is “legal,” it does not pass the high moral/ethical standards that an elected official should be held to. When a commissioner as an individual or a business financially benefits from an entity that brings business in front of the court, it gives the appearance of impropriety.
Technically, yes, Mr. Britton is within the “law,” or lack thereof, but just remember, a man or woman that cheats on their significant other is within the law, but not morally or ethically within the constraints of the bond they made to their partner – much like the commitment an elected official makes with the voters.
Mr. Britton has a misplaced allegiances to an outside interest through his business dealings.
I again call for Mr. Britton to recuse himself from voting, deliberating, discussing, or representing Grant County on any Forest Service business from here on out and I encourage others to do the same.
John D. George