Ex-Transportation Official Charged With Ethics Code Violations

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former member of Governor Fletcher's administration is facing ten counts of ethics violations for his alleged role in the merit system scandal.

Dick Murgatroyd was charged yesterday by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

He's accused of being involved in hiring and firing state workers based on politics. Murgatroyd is a former deputy secretary in the Transportation Cabinet.

The governor fired Murgatroyd and eight others in September 2005, saying they used poor judgment in hiring decisions. Murgatroyd was one of 15 named individuals indicted in the merit system investigation that has plagued Fletcher's tenure.

Fletcher pardoned Murgatroyd and others who were charged. The ethics charges against Murgatroyd focus on his alleged use of his official position to give advantages to certain people based on politics rather than qualifications.

Murgatroyd could not be reached for comment but his friend and associate, Scott Kimmich, says Murgatroyd is confident of his innocence.

Commission attorney John Steffen says that even though Murgatroyd no longer works in state government, the commission believes his actions should be scrutinized. Steffen says each count carries a possible fine of up to five-thousand dollars and a public reprimand.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-20-07 1200EDT


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  • by anonymous Location: Loiusville on Oct 21, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    I thought we'd already been through this once! Everyone was pardoned except the Gov., prior to them being convicted of anything!! We can't wait to see who's pardoned next, for what!! If this one man is to be "scrutinized" again, then all should be...as if this one is any more innocent or guilty than the rest.... The voters are tired of self-serving politics, and tired of politicians who gain office and then forget what is in the best interest of voters who sent them in the first place. Give us a break!! This wasn't the 1st adm. to support those who supported them, and it won't be the last...Let's pretend we remember our Founding Fathers, and act like the voters are concerned about real issues and integrity for a change!
  • by anonymous Location: KY on Oct 20, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    I'll sure be glad when the election is over, then we can hear other things in the news! All this talk of ethics is such a sham, and voters will simply have to decide which of the two candidates will offer less harm to the taxpayers and citizens of KY. There's not much in the situation that leads to confidence in government...from either side. Although it seems strange that it would be legal to pardon an entire administration of people BEFORE anyone was convicted of a crime, perhaps this is the justice system that all face no matter what their position in life! But, methinks they all protest too much. I hear that it is more political in Frankfort now that it has been in years, and that this does not necessarily come from the governor?! Oh well...justice is not justice unless it applies equally to all...and we all are smart enough to know that this rarely happens....

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