- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An independent state agency tasked with enforcing the Ethics Act has cleared a western Pennsylvania county official of any wrongdoing.

The state Ethics Commission says Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald didn’t misuse a county-issued Jeep to travel to political events and didn’t misuse county resources.

The commission also says Fitzgerald didn’t use a county-issued credit card for non-county purposes and didn’t omit travel from mileage logs.

Fitzgerald says the findings were expected.

County Controller Chelsa Wagner had said Fitzgerald was driving the vehicle for political and personal use and accused him of not logging details of more than 19,000 miles as well as not reimbursing the county.

Fitzgerald turned in the vehicle a week later and wrote a check to the county for more than $42,000.



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