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.

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