In its annual review of financial disclosure statements, the Ohio Ethics Commission must keep all documents confidential by law. However, if a potential conflict of interest exists, part of the disclosure document becomes a public record. The commission doesn't specify the potential conflicts of interest, it only discloses the statements relating to the possible problem. Ohio Ethics Commission Executive Director Paul Nick stressed that the notification isn't an indication that someone did anything wrong.

In its annual review of financial disclosure statements, the Ohio Ethics Commission must keep all documents confidential by law. However, if a potential conflict of interest exists, part of the disclosure document becomes a public record. The commission doesnít specify the potential conflicts of interest, it only discloses the statements relating to the possible problem. Ohio Ethics Commission Executive Director Paul Nick stressed that the notification isnít an indication that someone did anything wrong.

Below are the listings provided by the commission and Hocking Collegeís connection with each entity. There was no board influence in doing business with these companies, states a report prepared by Hocking College in response to the commissionís notification.

Mike Brooks, a board member since March 2011, listed Rocky Brands as a source of income and an entity where he has investments over $1,000. He also carries investments with Peoples Bank.

For many years, including in 2012, the college has purchased footwear and other items from Rocky Brands. The students reimburse the college through lab fees. Convenience and cost has always been the deciding factor in doing business with the company, states the report.

The college used Peoples Bank and Citizens Bank of Logan as college depositories during 2011. These represent a partial list of depositories, states the report. The college attempts to have agreements with most of the banks in the area.

Gary Edwards, a board member since September 2012, listed The Pit Stop as his source of income. Heís also the owner and manager.

For years, including 2012, the college purchased alcoholic beverages from the Pit Stop for the college-owned restaurant. The Pit Stop is the only liquor store in Nelsonville.

Andy Stone, a board member since November 2011, listed the City of Athens and the Ohio National Guard as sources of income. He also has more than $1,000 of investments in Rocky Brands.

College employees residing in Athens are required to pay city income tax through payroll deduction. The Ohio National Guard in 2012, and has for many years, provided military educational assistance for college students.

Keith Taulbee, a board member since September 2011, has more than $1,000 in credit with Citizen Bank of Logan.

Rober Troxel, a member since September 2011, listed his source of income as the City of Athens. He has more than $1,000 in credit with the Ohio University Credit Union.

Paula Tucker, member since September 2011, listed Blackrock as an entity where she holds more than $1,000 in investments.

The college doesnít conduct business with OUCU or Blackrock, but staff does participate in voluntary payroll deductions with these organizations ďwith no influence or association of any Board member.Ē

Former board members Larry Willard and Gary Starner both listed Citizens Bank of Logan as sources of income and entities where they have investments more than $1,000.