Ethics Commission Considers Merritt Settlement

By
WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Thu, Aug 2, 2012 8:17 am

The West Virginia Ethics Commission could decide whether to approve a deal with a former Wood County Sheriff at its meeting Thursday.

West Virginia Ethics Commissioner Theresa Kirk says the ethics panel will take up a settlement in the case involving Ken Merritt.
 
Merritt, who is running for the office again in the November election, faced charges of ethics violations related to a criminal case involving his son.
 
Merritt, while sheriff, was accused of getting involved when Brian Merritt was accused of using gasoline credit cards issued to Wood County employees for his own use.
 
Merritt's lawyer says a deal is being worked out which would resolve the ethics charges merritt still faces.
 
A two-day hearing to hear those charges, which was to have begun Monday, was cancelled.
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