Councilman Olshefski Says New Job Not a Conflict of Interest

Posted on: 5:14 pm, April 10, 2013, by , updated on: 07:32pm, April 10, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  (WHNT)– Wednesday Huntsville Utilities announced that John Olshefski had been named as a new Vice President of Customer Care.

“It’s an opportunity that just came along but when I saw that it was open I did some soul searching on it,” Olshefski told WHNT News 19.  ” And it really fits right up my ally because when I was garrison commander at Redstone it’s a lot of what I did over there.”

Olshefski is also a member of the Huntsville City Council.   It raises the question of whether that could be a conflict of interest.   The council does vote on issues pertaining to Huntsville Utilities.   Olshefski says it’s not a conflict.

“We’ve done the whole research, ” he says.  “The bottom line is that I will have to recuse myself from anything to do with Huntsville Utilities on my term.”

Olshefski will start his new position on May 1st.