A town council member may not simultaneously serve as the town's financial operations manager
Informal Opinions of the Attorney General 2013-01
A town asked for the Attorney General’s opinion as to whether the positions of town council member and town financial operations manager or, alternatively, director of finance, can be held by the same person.
The Attorney General concluded that such positions may not be held by the same individual, explaining that because of the town board's responsibility to oversee the Town's fiscal operations, a council member should not simultaneously hold the position of financial operations manager or director of finance.
The opinion notes that the Attorney General has repeatedly expressed the view that one person cannot serve as both a member of a local government's governing body and in a subordinate second position for the same local government.
The fundamental concept regarding such incompatibility: one person cannot be both the supervisor and the supervised [see People ex rel. Ryan v. Green, 58 N.Y. 295, 304 (1874)]
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