Florida highway officials resign after resources probe involving Hurricane Michael cleanup

Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 13:02:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A top official in Florida's highway agency and her deputy have resigned following an investigation into whether they sent state workers to her home in Georgia to clean up fallen tree limbs and hook-up a generator to a well after Hurricane Michael.

Kelley Scott, director of administrative services for the Florida highway agency, and Shane Phillips, the agency's chief of office services, submitted their resignations on Monday.

Their resignations, effective next month, came after an internal investigation in the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles concluded that Scott failed to act on a possible ethics violation.

The agency's Inspector General said allegations that Scott used state resources to clean up debris at her house were unfounded but that she did attempt to use agency resources for her personal gain.