More Questions About Commissioner Flynn's Attendance

Mary Pat Flynn missed every meeting of Cape EDC in 2017
County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn at a recent meeting (Barnstable County video)

County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn was the County Commissioners' representative to the Cape Cod Economic Development Council (CCEDC) for 2017.

The committee held eight meetings in 2017.  Four other meetings were posted as "cancellation" on their agenda and no meeting was held.

Minutes of the eight meetings are available on the CCEDC website.  They indicate that Commissioner Flynn was absent from every meeting in 2017.  Her alternate, Commissioner Ron Beaty, attended seven of the eight meetings.

Ms. Flynn also represents the County on the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.  According to their website, That group held four meetings in 2017 and Commissioner Flynn did not attend any.  Commissioner Beaty, serving in his role as alternate, attended three of the four meetings.

Commissioner Flynn's attendance at meetings of the County Commissioners and at her assigned committee representations have come into question in recent days, after she missed two of the first three County Commissioners' meetings of the year.

In Monday's story we reported her attendance at Commissioners' meetings for the first half of 2017, based upon minutes then available on the County website.  From January through July 5th, the Commissioners met twenty-eight times, with Ms. Flynn absent from eleven meetings and attending two remotely.

Yesterday the Commissioners' Executive Assistant, Owen Fletcher, provided  us with attendance information for the rest of 2017. The Commissioners held twenty-six meetings from July 12th to December 20, 2017.  Commissioner Flynn missed three meetings during that time, a considerable improvement in her attendance.  Commissioner Beaty missed three meetings and Commissioner Cakounes missed one 

Commissioner Flynn also represents the Commissioners on the advisory board of Childen's Cove, Barnstable County Retirement Board.   Cape Cod Today has submitted public records requests to both groups to ascertain Commissioner Flynn's attendance at their meetings.

Barnstable County Commissioners receive an annual stipend of $14,150 plus benefits, per an email from Commissioner Beaty.


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