ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County commissioners should disclose even a possible conflict of interest in the future to maintain public trust, according to a special counsel’s report released Thursday on an investigation of funds received by the late husband of Commissioner Teri Freehling.

John Dewane, the attorney and retired Berrien County judge appointed to look into the matter, concluded that Freehling did not violate any laws by failing to disclose the business dealings and by not abstaining from some votes, because she did not have a contractual arrangement with the drain office.