Dear fellow tax hikers, ask yourselves if you love this arrangement as much as we do.
- Colerain Township's Administrator is James Rowan
- The Colerain Township Business Association (CTBA) lobbies Colerain Township
- The CTBA's new Executive Director/Lobbyist is James Rowan's wife JoNell Rowan.
So when JoNell needs to talk shop with the Administrator, does she call the Township to make an appointment or does she whisper her business bedside? We believe James can be trusted to keep the Township's confidential information private, and to not give any inside information to JoNell. As long as he doesn't talk in his sleep.
We tax hikers fully approve of this relationship. Imagine if Michelle Obama was a lobbyist for a health care company to the White House. It is not a conflict of interest when the Chief Executive Officer of a government is being lobbied by his spouse regarding that government's decisions.
We give credit to local blog The Quacker Factor for discovering this healthy relationship. We applaud them for beating us to break this important story. This story must be continuously monitored, because now when there is a marital fight inside the Rowan household, the entire community may suffer.