Friday, March 06, 2015
Ethics Commission to investigate C. J. Huff speaking fees
According to the Ethics Commission website, this is what will happen with the complaint:
Within five days of receipt of a complaint, the Missouri Ethics Commission sends a copy of the complaint and the complainant’s name to the person/entity that the complaint is brought against (respondent). The statute requires that any Missouri Ethics Commission’s investigation and hearing held related to a complaint remains closed. The final disposition of the complaint is made public.
Since the R-8 Board of Education seems uninterested in Huff's speaking engagements, which last year had him away from the school district for four work weeks, I am the one who filed the complaint.
Regular readers of the Turner Report are aware that Huff has not listed his speaking fees as outside income on the financial disclosure reports he is required to file with the Ethics Commission. The only outside income Huff has acknowledged on those reports is from a family business in McCune, Kansas, with the money described as rental income.
Yet Huff told the Joplin Globe in its July 27, 2013 edition that he had made one speech for the Washington Speakers Bureau and a representative from the bureau told two Joplin High School students that Huff spoke frequently and he charged $8,000 per speech, plus travel fees.
Missouri law requires superintendents to list any outside employment that brings in more than $1,000.