Will this employee of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources be fired? Do you think this transaction was just a misunderstanding of contracting rules, not to mention ethics? Here’s what state Auditor Beth Wood’s office uncovered:
The audit describes how the employee, a biology supervisor with the Division of Marine Fisheries, approved contracts totaling $209,001 between 2006 and 2012 to a father-in-law’s company. The father-in-law’s company subcontracted some of its oyster shell transportation services to a company owned by the supervisor’s wife and mother-in-law.
Some of the money that went to the father-in-law – $5,000 – apparently was used to pay for a vacation at Disney World for the supervisor’s family. The father-in-law gave the money to the supervisor’s wife, according to the report.