|Published: 9:25 AM, 05/02/2013
||Last updated: 9:25 AM, 05/02/2013
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-After investigating a claim by fired Newport City
Administrator Scott Collins that Newport Alderwoman Kathy Holt was in violation
of the law when the City of Newport purchased gasoline from two businesses
owned by her, District Attorney General James B. Dunn issued a finding on
Tuesday stating he found no violation of the law.
In his statement, Dunn wrote, "There is no contact
between Kathy Holt and the City of Newport for the sale of gasoline or other
fuels. If any contract exists, it is between Kathy Holt and Fleet One and/or
Fuel Man. That agreement only applies a lower rate on each gallon of fuel sold
due to a tax reduction given to local governmental agencies...
"I have found no sinister conduct on behalf of
Alderwoman Kathy Holt in this matter. She operated her business openly before
her election to the Newport City Council. I do not find, nor has anyone brought
to my attention that the issue has ever been brought to the Newport City
Council and that Kathy Holt had voted in favor of or against Fleet One contract
with the City of Newport. She operated her business opening before and after
she was elected to the city council. It was only after you were fired that an
allegation of misconduct was made to me..."
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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