Vice President Jennifer Babosâ€™s boyfriend Nathan Fiedler was ratified as chief of staff by student government Senate Wednesday night.
The position, which is third in command in the Associated Students of CSU, works directly under the president and oversees other members of the presidentâ€™s cabinet.
Tim Hole, current vice president for ASCSU, said when a group of college students work closely and spend a significant amount of time together, â€œrelationships are bound to form.â€
â€œI donâ€™t necessarily think it looks bad,â€ Hole said regarding any perceived conflict of interest between Babos and Fiedler, adding that Fiedler will serve as the fourth ASCSU chief of staff.
Fielder worked as executive assistant to Hole on-and-off during Holeâ€™s tenure.
President-elect Cooper Anderson reassured the Senate of Babosâ€™s distance from the interviewing process and urged Senate to approve his nomination. Fielderâ€™s salary is set at $5,000 for the year.
â€œIâ€™ve never seen someone who is so motivated and able to get people on board,â€ Anderson said, adding that Fiedlerâ€™s goals fall in line with those of his administration.
During the ratification process, ASCSU Sen. Ben Weiner voiced his concern with the potential for interoffice conflict. The organization has a history of inner-office relationships, but Weiner said because Anderson seemed confident in his appointment, Weiner didnâ€™t think â€œthat alone should sink him.â€
When asked how he would balance his duties as chief of staff and his relationship with Babos, Fiedler said when on the job, his responsibility is working for students.
â€œWhen Iâ€™m in the office, thereâ€™s not going to be any (Public Displays of Affection),â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re definitely at that level where we can separate the office from relationships.â€
While Fiedler and Babos will have some interaction, Anderson said, the chief of staff serves as a direct link between the president and his cabinet.
â€œHe knows how to keep me focused and on task,â€ Anderson said. â€œThere is nobody Iâ€™d rather have.â€
Hole said under his and ASCSU President Dan Gearhartâ€™s administration the working relationship between the vice president and third in command consisted of a weekly meeting to discuss cabinet goals.
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