Q May an alderman’s financially independent child or cousin be employed by the town in the police department?

A If the alderman is financially independent from the child and cousin, no violation of Section 109 of the Mississippi Constitution or of Section 25-4-105(2) should occur if the child and the cousin are employed by the town. However, the alderman must recuse himself or herself from any matter that could result in a monetary benefit for the alderman’s child, pursuant to Section 25-4-105(1). Additionally, the alderman should recuse himself or herself from decisions concerning the hire or continued employment of the cousin as police chief to comply with the public policy set forth in Section 25-4-101. (Mississippi Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 13-094-E, October 11, 2013)