The Ethics Board advises:
A member of a county board who serves as a trustee of the county’s nursing
home facility, whose mother is a resident of the facility, should not use her
position to obtain anything of substantial value or a substantial benefit for
the official personally or for a member of the official’s immediate family.
Whether that will, or is likely to occur, is a question of fact that the Ethics
Board cannot resolve. If a matter comes before the nursing home board that
would have a financial effect on the supervisor or the supervisor’s immediate
family, then she should abstain from participation in the matter. If her need
to recuse herself becomes so frequent as to impede her ability to contribute to
the nursing home board, then the better alternative is that another
individual take her place.