Mayor’s 2nd job no conflict: panel

GLOVERSVILLE – The city ethics committee reviewed the mayor’s second job as an insurance account manager and found no conflict of interest, the committee’s chairwoman said.

Mayor Dayton King, serving his second term as full-time mayor, this year started working for Mang Insurance, which has contracts with the city and other localities.

Jo-Ann Clear, chairwoman for the Gloversville Ethics Committee, said the mayor’s employment meets the state’s ethics guidelines.

Mang Insurance sent the Gloversville Ethics Committee a memo informing the committee that King was working with the agency April 29, Clear said. Clear and the committee reviewed the city and state’s guidelines, and King’s situation falls under exceptions to conflicts of interest, Clear said. The ethics committee met May 15 and made the determination, Clear said.

Clear said Mang Insurance representatives met with the ethics committee to assure the committee that King would not work with any policies that deal with Gloversville, the town of Johnstown or the city of Johnstown.

According to the Mang Insurance website, “Dayton will primarily be working with municipalities, schools and fire districts and will be able to bring value-added services to these organizations.”

The insurance agency works with almost every municipality in the county, King said.

He said his employment with the agency “doesn’t have anything to do with the city.”

King, who wouldn’t say whether he’s working full time for Mang, said he and Mang Insurance have taken precautions to make sure there are no conflicts of interest.

If there were a policy that stated his employment would create a conflict of interest, King said he would not work for the agency.

Mang Insurance has policy agreements with the city for automobiles, general liability for property, public officials, law enforcement, excess catastrophe, inland marine and safety risks, according to city Finance Commissioner Bruce VanGenderen.

VanGenderen said the Fire Department also has a policy with Mang.

Mang Insurance does not provide health insurance or workers’ compensation insurance for the city, VanGenderen said.

King earns $41,034 as mayor this year.

Second Ward City Councilman Art Simonds questioned whether the mayor is spending the necessary time to run the city.

“It’s important for him to put together a schedule of his hours,” Simonds said.

But as long as King’s second job has no effect on his mayoral duties, Simonds sees no problem with it.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio said she wonders whether the mayor has enough time for both jobs.

King said there has been no disruption to his mayoral duties. He said he is always available by cellphone.

In January, before the mayor started his second job, King did a time study and established he worked 35 hours a week, Clear said. She said she thinks the mayor should do the study again now that he has another job, but she said the study would be voluntary.