Steve Carrigan needs to resign as chairman of the board of the Continuum of Care (COC). In the Merced City Council meeting on June 6, he misused his position when he stated that “as city manager and the chairman of the Continuum of Care I cannot support this project.” The Esperanza project would have provided 41 homes to the most vulnerable and elderly of our homeless population.
As city manager, Carrigan has the right to say anything he wants. However, when he used his position as chair of Continuum of Care and is announced as an expert because of that position, he created a conflict of interest. His statement was unethical and misleading as he attempted to influence the public.
The Continuum of Care is charged with preventing homelessness and providing housing to the homeless population (ending homelessness). His statement to the council was in direct opposition to what the COC is mandated to accomplish. He needs to resign.
Liz Freitas, Atwater