Fiscal court resubmits ethical complaint about EDA Executive Director

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By Robin Bass

Spencer County magistrates approved unanimously to resubmit a detailed complaint against Annette King to the ethics committee during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

King, the executive director of the Economic Development Authority (EDA), has been accused of violating the county’s code of ethics when she allegedly profited from the sale of commercial property.

Based on the testimony of Spencer County resident Davis Lee Downs, fiscal court submitted the original complaint in November, but it was rejected by the ethics committee for lack of evidence.

In the second complaint, it states that on Nov. 19 King, (while performing her role with EDA) may have received information about the owners of Froman’s Drug wanting to purchase the Stucker’s Furniture building. The complaint stated that it is unknown whether King received compensation directly or indirectly from the real estate transaction.

“The question of ethics lies in the fact that King is an employee of EDA and she is also a licensed realtor,” stated the complaint.

According to Department of Local Government Attorney Andrew Hartley, King and EDA board members would be subject to Spencer County’s Code of Ethics because they fall under the definition of a “county governmental officer.”

Fiscal court agreed to forward a copy of the complaint to EDA Chairman Dennis Eisenback.