Recently a letter writer raised a question concerning Jacque Whitsitt’s service on the RFTA board and the Roaring Fork Valley regional planning commission.
The writer implied that Jacque has a conflict of interest. She does not. Conflict of interest statutes are focused on preventing an official from personally gaining from a government action. Jacque sits on the RFTA board as a representative of the town of Basalt. Unlike a director of a corporation, she in no way gains personally from any actions the board may take. As one of a number of voting members (all of whom represent local governments) she may not even have supported RFTA’s policies in any particular case.