Letter: Commissioner Explains Open Meeting Law Complaint

From County Commissioner Ron Beaty

Editor: 

I am writing in response to recent local news coverage concerning  a somewhat controversial move on my part regarding some recent Cape Cod Regional Government  meetings. 

Said news coverage essentially summarized the Open Meeting Law Complaint process that I initiated against the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners pertaining to several rather questionable June 28th meetings. 

I wish to briefly clarify and elaborate upon my motivation regarding the OML Complaint and my ongoing efforts as a County Commissioner to help ensure open, accountable and transparent Barnstable County Government. 

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” 

With that pearl of colonial wisdom in mind, the general public must always be the watchdog of governmental action, activities and decision-making at all levels. 

This "first responsibility" does not end when one becomes an elected public official. If anything, it is dramatically magnified because of the inherent obligation to protect the public interest and to forthrightly represent those who put you into office. 

This was one such case. 

I am actively trying to keep the promises upon which I campaigned last year.

In all that I do as an elected official, I honestly try to maintain the commonwealth as my primary goal.  

RONALD BEATY   

Barnstable County Commissioner 


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