By Jean A. Flanagan
Three members of the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority resigned at the end of the meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 8. One resigned because of the possibility of a conflict of interest. One resigned because of a definite conflict of interest. One resigned because of indignation.
In June, the West Virginia Attorney General issued an opinion stating any member of an ambulance authority board who works for a for-profit company contracted to provide ambulance service through the Authority has a conflict of interest.
The AG also said a board member who volunteers for non-profit entity contracted to provide ambulance service through the Authority does not necessarily have a conflict, but a conflict may exist.
The AG opinion said recusing oneself from votes that may directly impact the company or entity does not remedy the conflict.
The AG also said the County Commission, who is tasked with appointing members to the Authority board, does not have the authority to remove members.