On 2/10/2010 the State ethics commission ruled in Bailey, Susan, Docket No. 10 0005 fining a Palmer public schools employee $2,000.00 for violating the State Ethics laws and keeping three ipods left by a private company for use in the schools.
“Section 23(b)(2) prohibits a public employee from knowingly, or with reason to know, using or attempting to use his official position to secure for himself or others unwarranted privileges or exemptions of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals.”
For mis appropriating the 3 ipods Susan Bailey was fined $2,000.00. The lesson is that public employees need to be very wary of items left in their care. The State Ethics Commission does not take the matters lightly.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon