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Leon official resigns state job

A suspended county commissioner quits the DOT before he is fired on various charges.

By LUCY MORGAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 2001


A suspended county commissioner quits the DOT before he is fired on various charges.

TALLAHASSEE -- Suspended Leon County Commissioner Rudy Maloy resigned from his state job Thursday after learning he was about to be fired for lying, falsifying state records, sleeping on the job and having sex with an aide.

Maloy, 47, worked at the state Department of Transportation's turnpike office. Gov. Jeb Bush suspended him from his Leon County post earlier this year after the Leon County State Attorney's Office charged him with the theft of county travel funds and official misconduct.

Last month the state Ethics Commission also charged Maloy with sexual harassment of several women who worked for him.

Those charges, which involve an aide at DOT and employees who worked for him at Leon County, date back to 1996 when they were initially investigated. The charges, still pending, could lead to fines of up to $10,000 on each of several counts.

Several years ago, the DOT investigated Maloy but brought no charges against him, leaving him in his $51,000-a-year state job for another five years.

Maloy's luck ran out when Eugene Danaher, a retired General Motors executive who lives in Tallahassee, filed a formal complaint with the Ethics Commission. Danaher has repeatedly questioned the DOT's failure to take action against Maloy.

A state employee for 21 years, Maloy submitted a two-paragraph letter of resignation saying he is pursuing "other career opportunities."

A former chairman of the state Association of County Commissioners, Maloy frequently visited with officials in counties around the state.

On some of those trips, Maloy used his position as a state employee to enhance his candidacies for both the state post and his county job and obtained state travel reimbursements when he should have known that he was not entitled to the money, DOT investigators say.

At times Maloy claimed he was at work on state business when he was not working for the state and not entitled to payment. At times he spent state money to attend training sessions and left the sessions to pursue other interests, Assistant Secretary Ken Morefield alleged in a six-page letter outlining the allegations against Maloy.

On a number of occasions from June 1999 to July 2000, Maloy engaged in sexual relations with an aide in his DOT office and in his supervisor's office. That behavior "casts disrespect on the department," Morefield said.

In a report released last month, DOT investigators also found Maloy guilty of sleeping on duty in his DOT office.

Several other employees who work in offices adjoining Maloy's said they frequently heard him snoring.

Maloy did not return a telephone message left at his home Thursday, but he has vowed to fight the criminal charges and the Ethics Commission charges.

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