House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) to serve as his designee on the Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government.
Created at the request of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, the task force will conduct an investigation and study of the existing legal and regulatory framework governing the conduct of all state, county and municipal elected officials, as well as appointed public employees. The investigation will include a review of the state’s Conflict of Interest Law, the Financial Disclosure Law, and the regulations of the State Ethics Commission.
“Representative Dooley brings a unique perspective to the task force, having served in government at both the local and state levels,” said Jones. “Shawn’s experience and expertise will be an asset to the task force as it works to identify ways to clarify and strengthen the state’s ethics laws.”
Dooley commented, "I am so honored to be nominated to such an important commission although I will admit to being saddened that this is needed in our Commonwealth. Our elected and appointed officials should be beyond reproach when it comes to the public trust but unfortunately there are those who feel they are above the law and that the ends justifies the means. I applaud Speaker DeLeo for creating this task force and continuing to push for it until it became a reality. Greater transparency in our government will be one of the key aspects I will push for as well as harsher punishments for those who misuse their position for their own personal gain."
Dooley is one of six state legislators serving on the 13-member task force, which is being co-chaired by the chairs of the House and Senate Ethics Committees and the House and Senate chairs of the Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight. Other members serving on the task force include Attorney General Maura Healey; the respective Chief Legal Counsels for the Governor, the Senate and the House; and three members with expertise on issues relating to ethics, public integrity or campaign finance who will be appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Speaker DeLeo.
The task force will file a report of its findings with the Governor, Senate President and Speaker on or before March 15, 2017.
Representative Dooley represents the Ninth Norfolk District, which is comprised of the towns of Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, Medfield, Millis and Walpole. He previously served as the Norfolk Town Clerk and as the Chairman of the Norfolk School Committee before winning a special election in January of 2014.