Jamie Rogers Steps Down as CB3 Chair to Avoid Conflict of Interest

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 at 5:07 am by

To avoid any conflict of interest, the chair of Community Board 3 stepped down.

The now-former chairman Jamie Rogers officially relinquished his role on December 31, announcing to the advisory body that he would not run for re-election. This action was expected, though, as Rogers’ wife, Carlina Rivera, was elected to represent District 2 as City Councilwoman.

Rogers had previously disclosed that if Rivera succeeded, he would step down to avoid potential “bad optics.”

Meanwhile, Alysha Lewis-Coleman, the board’s first vice chairperson, was elected to fill the spot.

“I believe it is unfair to the community to have the chairperson of the board and a city councilwoman for the area under one roof,” he told The Villager last week. “There are too many potential areas of conflict, and neither the board nor the community nor Carlina should have to deal with that. We have a lot of great leaders on our board, including Alysha, and so I’m confident I’m leaving the leadership in good hands. I plan to serve as a board member for the remainder of my term, which expires on March 31, so I can be helpful with the transition.”

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