Did official use state employees to clear storm debris at her house?
Florida Dept. of Highway Safety, Motor Vehicles director under investigation
A high-ranking official of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is under investigation for abusing her power in the days after Hurricane Michael devastated the state's panhandle.
Kelley Scott, the department's director of administrative services, is accused of ordering employees to clean up storm debris at her house in South Georgia, according to the Miami Herald.
The allegations against Kelley Scott came from an anonymous complaint mailed to state officials, the department's communications director told the newspaper.
Scott, who makes $120,000 a year as the director of administrative services, is accused of ordering three department employees to drive a state disaster-recovery trailer loaded with chainsaws, generators and tarps to her home in Colquitt, Georgia, to clean up the storm debris on her property.
The complaint says that when the crew arrived, an unnamed official ordered them to return back to work. The newspaper said the complaint states Scott ordered another three employees back to her property three days later.
Scott has yet to address allegations that she misused state resources. The Office of the Inspector General is investigating.
The Herald said the department has refused to release public records on Scott's actions until its investigation is concluded.
On Friday, Terry L. Rhodes, executive director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, issued the following statement:
Upon receiving allegations that state resources were misused during clean up after Hurricane Michael, I immediately initiated an investigation within the Office of Inspector General. This investigation is our top priority. I saw the destruction after the storm firsthand, and understand completely that these allegations are incredibly serious and troubling. A thorough investigation allows all facts to be presented and I will ensure complete accountability upon the conclusion of the investigation. DHSMV has the best employees in the state who work tirelessly every day and I remain proud of their commitment and dedication.”
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