A public school administrator in Madison County, Alabama is in hot water for storing a Corvette body on public school property. The man – Mr. Dan Evans – has been cited with a minor violation of the state’s Ethics laws.
Alabama news site AL.com provided this story. The Alabama Ethics Commission has brought the citation against the administrator, who violated a law which states that no public employee can use his or her position for personal gain. Alabama defines the administrator’s actions as a minor violation, which is any exploitation of one’s public employment to the tune of $250 or less in value.
Dan Evans has said that he used a spray booth at the school system tech center to prime the Corvette body – agreeing to donate some amount to the school system to cover any material expenses. He did not utilize any public employees to prime the car.
He then wheeled the Corvette body into a trailer on school property. When warehouse workers needed to use the trailer, they wheeled the Corvette into the system warehouse. That is where it was discovered, and prompted a complaint.
Mr. Evans owned up to the mistake, saying that “there was never any intent to defraud. If you make a mistake, you’re supposed to own it.” He’s since paid $150 to the Alabama Ethics Commission as restitution.
Despite this, pending an administrative ruling, Dan Evans could still face up to a $1,000 fine for the violation, though that decision wouldn’t be made until February. The Corvette is reportedly being restored for Mr. Evans’ daughter.