Ex-Monongalia County official target of ethics probe

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A former Monongalia County official is facing ethics charges that he used his public office for private gain.The state Ethics Commission says in a statement of charges that former chief deputy assessor William Perry used public equipment, employees and resources to run a private business. The Dominion Post obtained the statement of charges.
Perry told the newspaper that he wasn't aware of the charges. His attorney's office declined comment.A previous ethics case against Perry was dismissed last year. He was accused of using a county phone and his official title to offer to buy property from a county resident. The commission said there wasn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt that he'd violated the state Ethics Act.
County Assessor Rodney Pyles says Perry retired in 2010.
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