An Arkansas Ethics Commission investigation has been opened against Huttig Mayor Tony Cole in connection with allegations that he directed a city employee to perform landscaping duties at his personal residence on the city dime.
According to a letter addressed to Tommy Knight, the complainant, the investigation will center on whether Cole violated Arkansas Code Annotated 21-8-304(a) when he allegedly:
• Used city employees and equipment to clean up private property.
• Allowed James Davis, a city employee, to use city equipment on several people’s personal property without collecting payment on behalf of the city.
• Did not reimburse the city for work completed by Davis on city time on his personal property.
A.C.A; 21-8-304(a) states: “No public official or state employee shall use or attempt to use his or her official position to secure special privileges or exemptions for himself or herself or his or her spouse, child, parents, or other persons standing in the first degree of relationship, or for those with whom he or she has substantial financial relationship that are not available to others except as may be otherwise provided by law.”
Calls into the ethics commission and Cole this morning have yet to be returned.