The Richmond City Commission named Bob Crosser an alternate to the city’s Board of Ethics and Compliance at their Monday night meeting.
Crosser is replacing Wolfram Von-Maszewski as the board’s alternate member. Von-Maszewski was named to the board in June to replace Jimmy Robertson, who resigned his position as chairman of the board citing family health issues.
Monday night’s vote naming Crosser to the board was 4-0 in favor, with Commissioner Barry Beard having recused himself. Beard has a complaint pending before the ethics board.
The complaint alleges that Beard failed to disclose his ownership stake in a company called Fort Bend Interests when he brokered the sale of three lots on the corner of South 7th Street and Calhoun Street.
The properties’ previous owner, Melanie Smith, didn’t know she was selling to Beard, until he showed up to sign the paperwork, according to the complaint. Beard doesn’t deny that he, and his undisclosed partners, purchased the land through a holding company.
“We used business entities to purchase the property for tax and liability reasons,” Beard wrote in an email sent to The Herald.
The complaint also accuses Beard of misleading Smith about the availability of redevelopment grants for business owners and failing to identify himself as a real estate agent when discussing any potential sale of the property with Smith.
When Crosser’s name was brought up for discussion Commissioner Carl Drozd commented on Crosser’s age. “Bob is 90 years old,” Drozd said.
“I’m the one who asked him to volunteer and he said he’d do it if no one else was available.”
Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore pointed out that, as far she knew, no one else had expressed interest in the position. “Bob was the only person to put his name forward,” Moore said.
When Von-Maszewski’s appointment was approved 3-0 at the commission’s June meeting, both Beard and Moore recused themselves from the vote.
Both Beard and Moore cited allegations pending before the ethics board as the reasons for their recusals.