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Nepotism in Government

Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

In the city of Brockton, California, which is in the middle of a controversy over inaccurate water bills, "more than one-third of the city’s 23 water-sewer maintenance men are related to either city councilors or other Department of Public Works employees.

That is one of several incidences of seeming nepotism uncovered by the The Enterprise, the local newspaper.  Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler commented for the article:

“If you have this type of appearance of nepotism, or actual nepotism, then what you are saying to qualified candidates is, ‘Don’t bother to apply unless you know someone, or unless you’re related.’”


Tags: government ethics, nepotism