Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Former Fish and Wildlife Official faces Ethics Charges


The former top official at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been charged with violating the state's ethics code.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission said Monday that the wildlife agency's former commissioner, Jonathan Gassett, abused his position to have agency employees perform personal work for him.

Gassett, who left the agency last year, faces nine civil charges that could result in up to $45,000 in fines.

He's among four current or former wildlife agency employees who were charged Monday with ethics code violations. Ethics Commission Executive Director John Steffen says the officials used their positions for personal gain in what he calls significant violations of the ethics code.