By Derrick DePledge
The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday gave Leslie Kondo, its executive director, a vote of confidence after the commission’s former executive director asked that he be fired.
Daniel Mollway, the former executive director, had written a letter to the commission accusing Kondo of allegedly operating in a “rogue and arbitrary fashion.” Mollway cited public statements that Kondo has made suggesting that a former member of a state mortgage foreclosure task force violated ethics law when no formal case has been brought before the commission.
But the Ethics Commission was not persuaded that Kondo acted improperly and voted unanimously to reject Mollway’s request that he be fired.
Kondo said he was frustrated and disappointed that Mollway made serious accusations against him and circulated the letter to the commission, state lawmakers and advocacy groups but then lacked the “courage” to attend the commission’s meeting.
Mollway, who served as the commission’s executive director for 24 years, was fired in 2010. The commission cited an investigative report critical of his work habits and management style.