The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Rockwood School Board member has violated the state's conflict-of-interest law.
The commission found that over a two year period Steve Smith voted more than a dozen times on construction orders that allowed his employer, Glenn Construction to raise its fees on contracts with the school board.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Smith has been hit with a $10,000 fine, but if he pays within 45 days, the amount drops to $2,000. If he violates the conflict-of-interest law again in the next two years, Smith would be on the hook for the other $8,000.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had come to the same conclusion in his February audit of the Rockwood School District.
Smith served on the Rockwood Board of Education as a Glenn Construction employee between May 2010 and June 2012.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his office will audit the state agency assigned to protect the environment and public health from hazardous waste.
The announcement follows reports of problems with oversight at the cleanup of the former Carondelet Coke site in St. Louis. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report says that clean up cost taxpayers more than $12 million. while former owners Laclede Gas and SGL Group were paying less than a million dollars combined and Carondelet Coke owner J. Donald Crane was getting off the hook entirely. The 42 acre site had been considered one of the most contaminated in the state.
Schweich announced the audit of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hazardous Waste Program Friday morning. State law gives the auditor the authority to audit state agencies and programs.
Anyone who would like to provide information during the audit process is encouraged to contact the State Auditor's office at 800-347-8597 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.