FRANKFORT — The director of Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety has been fired after an investigation found improper acceptance of gifts, time-sheet violations and racial harassment in the agency.
The termination letter, obtained by The Courier-Journal on Thursday under the Kentucky Open Records Act, did not give a reason for the firing of Boyd Sigler on July 22.
But a report from the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Inspector General says that Sigler "accepted free passes to events at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, an organization under contract with (the cabinet) with specific oversight provided by" his office.
The report also documents "widespread abuse of time and attendance policy" and an incident of racial harassment. Four workers in the office were suspended for one day for filing false time-sheet reports.
Investigators documented violations by comparing employees' time sheets with the "building access card reader" at the cabinet's garage, which showed the actual time they arrived, The Courier-Journal reported.