A former public official in Butler County violated ethics rules, a state commission found, but the dollar amount he must pay as penance is vastly smaller than the settlement he earned after his firing from two public agencies.
Pennsylvania’s State Ethics Commission decided on June 27 that Perry O’Malley violated ethics rules when he neglected his duties, enjoyed publicly-funded extended travel, used vehicles for personal reasons, and failed to report earned income while employed as executive director at the Butler County Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County.
The authority had fired O’Malley in 2015, alleging he abused travel and sick time, used authority resources for private business and neglected his duties as the agency’s top administrator.
As part of its findings, which became public Wednesday, the commission demand that O’Malley pay $16,131. That sum is split between the housing authority, the ethics commission itself and the state of Pennsylvania. The authority is to get the biggest share, with $12,380 owed.
That total is far short of the $325,000 settlement paid to O’Malley after he claimed the housing authority fired him due to age discrimination.
Ethics commission findings document O’Malley’s use of public resources to conduct business for the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange (HARIE), of which he was a board member.
Andrew Menchyk, the solicitor that represented the two entities in legal proceedings with O’Malley, said the decision “validates the board’s decision to terminate Mr. O’Malley.”
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