DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An administrative judge has overturned an Iowa ethics board reprimand of former Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett who was alleged to have used public resources to campaign last year.
Slockett appealed the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board’s May decision concluding Slockett made campaign phone calls from his personal cellphone in his county office. The board says that violated Iowa’s law against using government resources to campaign.
Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Farrell says in an order released Wednesday that the law prohibits a governing body from using public expenditures in elections. He concludes a county auditor isn’t a governing body and Slockett used no public money.
Slockett lost the Democratic primary in June to Travis Weipert, who ran unopposed in November and took over as auditor in January.