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'No sinister conduct': Holt matter cleared by AG Dunn

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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