Commissioner Flynn Missed 8 of 12 Retirement Board Meetings in 2017

Continued pattern of absenteeism...
County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn at a recent meeting (Barnstable County video)

County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn is the County Commissioners' designated representative to the Barnstable County Retirement Board.  In 2017 the board met twelve times and Ms. Flynn attended only four of the meetings.

In response to Cape Cod Today's public records request for Commissioner Flynn's attendance record, BCRB executive director, Lynn M. Carley, provided a timely response and offered the 2017 attendance information below:

  1. 1/17 – Absent
  2. 2/17 – Absent
  3. 3/17 – Attended
  4. 4/17 – Absent
  5. 5/17 – Attended
  6. 6/17 – Attended
  7. 7/17 – Absent
  8. 8/17 – Absent
  9. 9/17 – Absent
  10. 10/17 – Absent
  11. 11/17 – Absent
  12. 12/17 – Attended

Pattern of Absenteeism

Commissioner Flynn appears to have established a pattern of absenteeism from County Commissioners' meetings in the first half of 2017 and in most of her committee assignments for the entire 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.  When we received data on Ms. Flynn's attendance in the second half of 2017 there was a marked improvement in her attendance at Commissioner's meetings.

In yesterday's story we reported that Commissioner Flynn missed every meeting of the Cape Cod Economic Development Council and every meeting of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.  She is assigned to both of those groups as the County Commissioners' representative.

We are still awaiting a response to the public records request we submitted to Children's Cove on Wednesday.

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


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