Ex-Mass. official accused of conflict of interest
BOSTON—The State Ethics Commission has accused a former official at an agency for special needs children of violating state conflict-of-interest laws by voting to transfer $5.5 million to a another organization while he was trying to get a job there.
James McCormick, former North Middlesex Regional School District superintendent, was accused on Monday of voting to transfer the money to the nonprofit Merrimack Education Center while he was with the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative.
McCormick, who was on the collaborative's board of directors at the time, landed a job there in July 2006.
If the commission finds the accusation is warranted, McCormick could face fines and ne forced to repay money.
His lawyer said he dies the allegations.