Letter: Kingston mayor's wife should have left her city job when he was elected

Daily Freeman-5 months before

Regarding the ongoing controversy about Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and his wife, and four city lawmakers leaking their request for an investigation into possible, vague unethical activity ("4 members of Kingston council call for investigation of mayor but won't say why," July 12, 2020):

...yor-but-wont-say-why/article_75d64892-c464-11ea-b3ac-3bc2cd3c2a8d.html">4 members of Kingston council call for investigation of mayor but won't say why I think once Noble ran for mayor and was elected, in order to avoid exactly this situation — and, frankly, any questions about ethical behavior, nepotism, insider dealing, undue enrichment, etc. — he and his wife, Julie, should have stated that if he won, she would leave her city job.

Having the mayor's spouse in a highly compensated, union-protected position in the very city he leads is questionable at best. It cannot be certain that either of them wouldn't put their own best financial or political interests ahead of the interests of city residents when push comes to shove. And the residents and the city shouldn't have to wonder, assume or investigate to prove otherwise during his tenure as mayor.

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