Chicago 2016: Scott presents no conflict of interest

August 12, 2009 4:09:02 PM PDT
Chicago 2016 has concluded that there is no conflict of interest between the volunteer role of Olympic Committee Member Michael Scott and his work with local community leaders in the Douglas Park area, according to a statement released on Tuesday. Chicago 2016 said Scott had no role in deciding the venue locations or whether to use Douglas Park for certain events.

The statement came in response to recent controversy after the Chicago Tribune reported that Scott is developing city-owned land near a site that would be used for the Summer Games.

Statement from Chicago 2016:

"There have been recent media reports concerning Michael Scott, co-chair of the Chicago 2016 Outreach Advisory Council, and his efforts on behalf of a group of religious leaders interested in developing affordable housing in the Douglas Park area.

"Chicago 2016 officials, including its Chief Ethics and Governance Officer, met today with Mr. Scott to understand Mr. Scott's role. As a result of that meeting, Chicago 2016 has concluded that Mr. Scott had no conflict of interest between his volunteer role with Chicago 2016 and his efforts on behalf of the religious leaders seeking to improve the community surrounding Douglas Park. Mr. Scott has had no role in the determination of venue locations, and was not involved in the decision to utilize Douglas Park for certain venues.

"Mr. Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chicago 2016 Committee. Working with community groups around the city he was instrumental in the development and conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding, which among other things, commits Chicago 2016 to certain goals relating to procurement, employment, and transparency should Chicago be selected to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games." -- Chicago 2016


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