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Watchdog: Ohio Employee Was Mayor on State Time

The state watchdog has found that an Ohio Department of Transportation employee used state time to perform his duties as a suburban Dayton councilman and mayor.

Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles said Tuesday that ODOT management analyst supervisor Darreyl D. Davis did business for Trotwood on 379 hours of state time, representing $14,990 in pay dating back to 2007. Charles says that included helping secure a $5,000 share in a Trotwood development contract for a former Ohio Department of Health secretary.

Davis denies he used his mayoral position to the secretary's benefit. He acknowledges difficulty separating his state and city positions and resigned from ODOT on Sept. 1.

Investigators also say a Health Department personnel manager breached confidentiality during the probe. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)