- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - The state Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a former town councilor accused of violating the state Code of Ethics.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1BjnJe3 ) the complaint alleged that Town Councilor Kenneth Parrilla failed to properly recuse himself from potential conflicts of interest.

A commission prosecutor determined there was no probable cause to believe Parrilla violated the code.

Parrilla said he tried to represent the whole town, not selected individuals or businesses.

The charges were filed by Robert Lombardo, a resident and lawyer. He said Parrilla failed to respond when he notified officials he was considering filing an ethics complaint against Parrilla.

Lombardo said the commission properly applied the standards of the ethics code to Parrilla, determining he did not knowingly and willfully violate the code.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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