"In what comes as only a mild surprise (at best), City Councilman Zack Matheny wants to head Downtown Greensboro Inc.
...One thing should be certain, though: If he gets the DGI job, no way in the world should Matheny be on the council as well.
It would be an obvious and blatant conflict of interest.
The City Council funds DGI and has had an increasing voice in its mission and its operations. In fact, the council almost has come to regard DGI as an extension of the city..."
This showed up in my Facebook memories from May 18, 2016.
Zack Matheny announced running for City Council again after resigning before taking a Greensboro taxpayer funded DGI CEO job.
Notice soon to be former City Manager David Parrish was knee deep in this deal.
Zack Matheny cheated with David Parish's help
DGI used David Parish as a reference in the proposal;
"Assistant City Manager David Parrish explained that the modification didn’t change the substance of DGI’s bid."
David Parish was listed as Zack Matheny's reference in DGI's proposal. Now David Parish is involved with explaining something about a modification of DGI's bid?
"Councilman Mike Barber then asked for a recess... Barber told council members they needed to stop the discussion until the city’s legal staff could investigate the matter... Barber said afterward that he stopped the meeting after “hearing an allegation from one of the legal bidders that completely put the process in another context...”
As I recall, these are conflicts of interests;
Mayor and Council:
...Direct or indirect benefits are considered under the City’s conflict of interest policy and typically involve financial interests for the Councilmember, his or her immediate family, their partner, or an organization which employs or is about to employ the member, family member or partner...
S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan
OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY
Mike Barber lobbied for Matheny's DGI job while involved in deliberations concerning the organization's funding while setting up Zack's successor for the benefit of Jim Melvin and the Bryan Foundation.
Greensboro’s Ethics Code says that if there is an actual or possible financial interest, a Council Member is supposed to publicly disclose the interest, and the remaining Council members are supposed to decide if a conflict of interest exists, which should happen in the case of Mike Barber and David Parish on anything to do with Zack Matheny and DGI.
Mike Barber just abused his position as a council member to advocate for taxpayer monies be allocated to Zack, a fellow council member who was positioned to compete for the same council spot under Trudy Wade's redistricting plan.
Mike Barber Lied On First Tee Federal Form 990s three times. Barber signed First Tee's 990's, which omitted Greensboro taxpayer subsidies on the tax returns.
Zack Matheny, then a sitting Greensboro City Councilman, an elected official who voted to fund DGI, placed himself in a position where his future employment became dependent on taxpayer money and permission from his collegues.
Then interim DGI CEO Cyndy Hayworth publicly accused City Council member Mike Barber of extortion over the job for Zack.
Matheny didn't end public comment and/or Council deliberations and votes on his announcement of going after a position Zack helped create by conspiring to get rid of Jason Cannon and killing Cyndy Hayworth's chance at the job by leaking information about her education credentials to the press.