Thursday, March 19, 2015
Ethics Commission: C. J. Huff speaking fees are not income
The extent of the Ethics Commission's investigation, which I requested, was to check the policy the Joplin R-8 Board of Education passes every two years, most recently on August 19, 2014, which specifies that the superintendent has to reveal the names of any employer that pays him more than $1,000. The Ethics Commission does not consider the Washington Speakers Bureau to be an employer, but rather a service through which Huff books his speaking gigs.
After the board policy was examined, the Ethics Commission decided not to order a full investigation.
"In this instance," the letter sent to me by Executive Director James Klahr said, "the Commission determined that the personal financial disclosure is not required to list honoraria received."
The Joplin R-8 policy is not any different from that of neighboring Webb City and Neosho, with all of them likely being model policies from the Missouri School Boards Association.
Of course, Huff did miss four weeks of workdays while hopscotching the U. S. and Canada to tell his story of saving Joplin, but if Anne Sharp and the Board of Education have no problem with it, why should the rest of us?
As always, please feel free to comment.