Former Highway Official Got Salary And Retirement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As a federal investigation is pressed into
how Kentucky awarded highway contracts, a published report says a
former official at the center of the probe was getting both a
salary and retirement benefits.

The Courier-Journal in Louisville reported on Tuesday that
former highway engineer James W. Rummage was rehired as a
consultant only two months after he retired from the Transportation
Cabinet last year and that his retirement was preceded by a raise
in pay.

The newspaper says then- Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert
approved both the raise and the rehiring, according to Rummage's
personnel file.

An affidavit filed last week claims Rummage gave confidential
cost estimates for road projects to a contractor.

No charges have been filed.

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