Ex-Monongalia County official target of ethics probe

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A former Monongalia County official is facing ethics charges that he used his public office for private gain.

The state Ethics Commission says in a statement of charges that former chief deputy assessor William Perry used public equipment, employees and resources to run a private business. The Dominion Post obtained the statement of charges.

Perry told the newspaper that he wasn’t aware of the charges. His attorney’s office declined comment.

A previous ethics case against Perry was dismissed last year. He was accused of used a county phone and his official title to offer to buy property from a county resident. The commission said there wasn’t proof beyond a reasonable doubt that he’d violated the state Ethics Act.

County Assessor Rodney Pyles says Perry retired in 2010.

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