IGPE head Trudy Brown cited for ethics violations


The North Carolina Board of Ethics has recommended Trudy Brown be removed from the Electrology Board for multiple ethics violations.

In a written report to the board and during Friday’s daylong hearing, Newson pointed out several problems with Brown’s conduct, including:

• Brown aimed to raise $100,000 to pay Don Vaughan – a former Greensboro lawyer, lobbyist and former city council member – for his lobbying fees and to cover other expenses.

• She made fundraising appeals during a board meeting and by way of an e-mail address over which she sent official correspondence.

• She used her status as board chairwoman to lobby for the bill before the board had voted to back the bill.

“The sheer scope and magnitude of the violations are staggering,” Newson wrote to the board.