FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A former consumer complaint investigator in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has been fined and reprimanded by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.
In a settlement agreement approved this week, 51-year-old Theresia Logan admitted to three counts of violating the code of ethics while employed in the Attorney General’s office.
According to the Ethics Commission, Logan used her official government accounts to access investigative databases containing protected or otherwise confidential information to conduct multiple searches on various family members without any work-related reason to do so. Logan could not have conducted these searches without the use and access of her official government credentials.
The Commission also found Logan used her official position to contact the mayor of Lexington and request assistance for her son who hit a pothole. The email estimated damages to her son’s vehicle of $1,000.
She also used her official position to contact the Administrative Section Supervisor at the Department of Professional Licensing regarding her mother. Logan contacted the Administrative Section Supervisor via telephone, left a voicemail, and identified herself as being “with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.”
The Commission determined no work-related reason existed to justify Logan to make either of these calls, as the Attorney General’s Office has no jurisdiction over either the city of Lexington or the Department of Professional Licensing in this context, nor did the Attorney General’s Office have an open matter related to these offices or Logan’s family members.
Under the settlement agreement, Logan agreed to pay a $3,500 fine and receive a public reprimand.
Crystal Staley, deputy communications director for Attorney General Andy Beshear, issued a statement on the Ethics Commission action:
“The Attorney General’s Office has lofty expectations and when an employee fails to meet them, definitive action is taken. This merit employee is no longer with our office. The Office of the Attorney General not only discovered the alleged conduct, we referred the matter to the Ethics Commission.”
Efforts to reach Logan were unsuccessful.