Report clears ex-state official, finds gaps in law

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s inspector general has determined a former state highway official didn’t violate any laws in a series of land deals but found loopholes in the state ethics laws.

Inspector General David Thomas released a report Friday saying former state highway department chief of staff Troy Woodruff should be barred from working with the state for one year.

Woodruff announced he was leaving his job with the state Thursday. In an email to state employees, he said he could not wait for the completion of another investigation and blamed the news media for perceptions of corruption.

Investigators first cleared Woodruff in a 2010 report. But Republican Gov. Mike Pence asked for a new investigation last year after The Indianapolis Star detailed conflicts the state missed in the first investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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