Ethics Commission votes to open investigation into Mayor Baldelli-Hunt

By: Dee DeQuattro

Email: ddequattro@abc6.com

Twitter:@deedequattro

The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has voted to open an investigation into potential nepotism by Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

Baldelli-Hunt is accused of giving city jobs to her son and members of his baseball team without posting the jobs first. Baldelli-Hunt’s 16-year-old son and his teammates were hired to pick up litter and clean city streets on a part time basis.Baldelli-Hunt describe the positions not being posted as a “misstep.”

The jobs fall under the Department of Public Works in the city.

The Ethics Commission now has 180 days to conduct an investigation. From that point there would be a probable cause hearing on the matter.

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