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Plainfield School Board member Richard Wyatt.

Ethics commission finds probable cause for complaint against Plainfield mayoral candidate

By Nikita Biryukov, April 28 2021 6:25 pm

The School Ethics Commission referred a complaint claiming Plainfield School Board Member Richard Wyatt used his position to hire family members to the Office of Administrative Law after finding probable cause Tuesday.

Wyatt is one of three Democrats challenging Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp.

The complaint, filed by School Board members Carmencita Pile, Lynn Anderson-Person, and Avonia Richardson-Miller, alleges Wyatt failed to disclose his relationship with an uncle-in-law and sister-in-law employed in the district and failed to recuse himself during the search for a new superintendent.

In an answer submitted to the commission, Wyatt did not say whether he was related to either individual but denied the existence of a conflict of interest.

The commission’s action was first reported by InsiderNJ.

The complaint alleged a similar violation by School Board member John Campbell, who is accused of failing to disclose his daughter-in-law worked for the district. Like Wyatt, Campbell did not say whether he was related to the individual but denied the existence of a conflict of interest.

The commission denied a request to sanction Pile, Anderson-Person and Richardson-Mille filed by the other two School Board members.

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