Lompoc school board member voted his wife raises
March 24, 2016
A Lompoc school board member who is married to the district’s special education director voted for pay raises for district administrators. Board member Bill Christen may have to reimburse the district about $26,000. [KSBY]
Board President Steve Straight said he was made aware in January that Christen’s votes created a conflict of interest and possibly violated the law. California law requires board members to recuse themselves if they or an immediate family member have a financial interest in an agenda item.
Straight said the district’s legal counsel is working to recoup the money Christen’s wife received in raises. Straight is not seeking any other punitive action, and Christen will remain on the board.
Christen, a former police officer, has retained an attorney who is in talks with the district’s legal counsel.
The money Christen’s wife received in raises totals approximately $26,000. If the school district recoups the money, it will go into the general fund.
Before Christen joined the school board, he authored a letter to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office alleging a culture of corruption within the school district.