Politics & Government

Ethics commission takes action against two former state workers

FRANKFORT — Terry Farmer of Hyden received a public reprimand and was fined $10,000 Tuesday by the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission for violating the state ethics code.

In a final order, the commission said that Farmer, while working as a transportation engineer for the state Department of Highways, used his position to improperly influence the repair of a culvert that provided drainage to property owned by him and his mother, and that he provided confidential agency documents to a law firm to be used in litigation against the state.

Farmer could not be reached immediately for comment. He has the right to appeal the commission's order to circuit court, executive director John R. Steffen said.

The commission also approved a settlement with Donald Nolan of Manchester in which he agreed to pay a $3,000 penalty, receive a public reprimand and waive any right to appeal.

In the agreement, Nolan admitted that while employed as a transportation engineering technologist in the state Transportation Cabinet, he violated the state ethics code by collecting pay for time he falsely reported on his time sheets and conducting surveying through his private business at private construction sites while using a state vehicle.