Hilo charter school employee cleared of ethics violations

Hilo charter school employee cleared of ethics violations

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Supreme Court has ordered the state Ethics Commission to dismiss charges against a Hilo charter school employee after determining the man shouldn't have been held liable for violating conflict of interest laws.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the court ruled in favor of William Eric Boyd Tuesday. He had been fined $10,000 by the commission in 2013 for alleged violations in 2006 and 2007.

The commission had found Boyd violated state conflict of interest laws for ordering and approving school purchases from businesses owned by his wife.

Boyd argued that ethics rules for state employees didn't apply to him because he worked for the local school board that governed the charter school.

The commission's Susan Yoza says they will consult with the attorney general over the court's decision.

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