Investigation: Former Brewer housing head had conflict

Posted May 06, 2010, at 11:28 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — An independent investigation released Thursday concluded that the actions of the former chairman of the Brewer Housing Authority related to a land sale last year represented a direct and substantial conflict of interest.

The report, prepared by Portland attorneys James Cohen and Alexia Pappas and presented to the Brewer City Council by Cohen, represents nearly six months of interviews and data collection into the now well-publicized transaction.

Calvin Bubar, a local landlord and property owner, negotiated the sale of 258 Chamberlain Street to the Brewer Housing Authority while he was chairman of its board of commissioners. Bubar, according to the investigation, never recused himself from any votes about the sale and never disclosed his conflict of interest.

Cohen concluded that enough evidence exists for the City of Brewer to pursue further action against Bubar if it chooses. That decision will rest with the City Council, whose members all declined to com-ment on Thursday until they had more time to review the investigation and its findings.