by Wesley Ratko

The May 23 board meeting of the Chestnut Hill Community Association ended in executive session to discuss whether the association’s sitting treasurer, Tony Reilly, who also is paid to provide accounting services to the Chestnut Hill Community Fund, was in a conflict-of-interest situation.

The meeting agenda included the election of seven CHCA officers – president, secretary, and four vice-president positions – but the only contested seat was that of treasurer, for which the agenda indicated two candidates – board member Mark Keintz and Reilly. Reilly won the vote, but not before the board moved into an executive session.

Reasons for the board’s concern about the treasurer position were not made available to the press.

Board member Elizabeth Bales moved to hold that the discussion be held in executive session, something many other board members opposed.

Board member and former president Walt Sullivan said the use of executive session should be reserved for sensitive matters only and that it wasn’t warranted in this instance.

Reilly said the issue was a sensitive one and that he felt it was a reasonable request.

“I have a license,” Reilly, a licensed CPA, said. “This is my livelihood.”

Board president Brien Tilley praised Reilly, saying he’d done a “heck of a job” getting the finances of the CHCA organized. Tilley also praised Mark Keintz, who challenged Reilly for the position, saying he’d been a positive influence on the organization.

“I am of the opinion that this board needs a CPA,” said board member Jean Wedgewood. “Where are we going to find someone who will put in the number of hours for no money? We need financial input.”

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