County employee files complaint over Slockett's campaign actions

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board received a formal complaint against Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett on Wednesday.

The complaint alleges that Slockett, who is running for re-election, unlawfully used government resources for his campaign by sending his re-election petition through his office during March.

In the complaint, former county employee Nathan Reckman also alleges that Slockett used his county email address to discuss campaign plans among office staff. Reckman also alleged another employee reported being lectured by Slockett after not signing the petition.

In an email from Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness — forwarded to The Daily Iowan by Slockett on April 26 — Lyness told Slockett that he could use his private email and private cell phone for campaign functions, but could not use county software or property for that purpose.

Megan Tooker, the executive director of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, said she received the complaint Wednesday and gave it to the board's chairman for review.

The board will discuss the complaint in closed session at noon today, and vote during open session on whether to pursue legal action or dismiss the claims.

— by Luke Voelz

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