County Commissioner's Attendance Raises Questions

Poor attendance at Cape Cod Commission, County Commissioners' meetings
County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn at a recent meeting (Barnstable County video)

County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn is the County Commissioners' designated delegate to the Cape Cod Commission but attended only one of the ten meetings it held in 2017.  She was ten minutes late to the one CCC meeting she did attend, according to minutes of meetings posted on the Cape Cod Commission's website.

With controversy developing over the selection process to choose the next Executive Director for the Cape Cod Commission, we took a look at the attendance of the Commission's members.  The only case of absenteeism that appears egregious is that of Commissioner Flynn.

With our curiosity aroused, we decided to look at her attendance of meetings of the County Commissioners.

Minutes for County Commissioners' meetings in 2017 only are posted as far as July 5th.  (The July 12th meeting minutes are linked to the July 5th minutes).  During the period January 1, 2017 to July 5, 2017, the County Commissioners met twenty-eight times.  Ms. Flynn was absent from eleven meetings and attended two remotely.  

The other two County Commissioners, Leo Cakounes and Ronald Beaty, were present all all of the twenty eight meetings held between January 1, 2017 and July 5, 2017.

Video of recent meetings shows Ms. Flynn absent from two of the three meetings held thus far in 2018.

For this week's scheduled meeting, Ms. Flynn has apparently asked for the Commissioners' meeting to be rescheduled to accommodate some other personal business she needs to do that day.

Cape Cod Today is the process of contacting other County boards to which she is the Commissioners' representative to check on her attendance at those meetings.  We have sent an inquiry to Barnstable County officials inquiring why they County Commissioners have stopped posting their minutes to the County website. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on