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Enforcements for Department of Natural Resources

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
2014-072 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: An employee of the Department of Natural Resources violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources for her personal benefit when she used her state issued cell phone and computer to exchange an extensive amount of text messages and emails with a coworker.

Result: Settlement approved on March 13, 2015 for a civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2014-071 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: A former employee of the Department of Natural Resources violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources for his private benefit when he used his state issued cell phone and computer to exchange an extensive amount of text messages and emails with a coworker.

Result: Settlement approved on March 13, 2015 for a civil penalty of $1,750.

$1,750 RCW 42.52.160
2014-026 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: A former employee of the Department of Natural Resources may have violated RCW 42.52.080 when he accepted employment with Yakima Valley Orchards and Allen Brothers (YVO) where he manages several leases between the company and DNR.

Result: Settlement approved on September 11, 2015 for a civil penalty of $750.

$750 RCW 42.52.080
2012-061 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: An employee with the Department of Natural Resources was found to have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer to purchase an item from Craigslist.

Result: Settlement approved on January 11, 2013 for a civil penalty of $100.

$100 RCW 42.52.160
2010-067 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: An employee with the Department of Natural Resources was found to have violated RCW 42.52.070 and 160 when provided himself a special privilege and improper use of state resources when he granted himself and others when he established a personal business relationship with a vendor.

Result: Final Order issued on June 14, 2014 for a civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2010-068 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: A former employee with the Department of Natural Resources violated RCW 42.52..020, .070 and 160 when he used state resources for personal gain. Evidence indicated that he had an outside relationship with a vendor that he approved purchases from at higher prices and allowed the vendor onto state property to provide service to DNR employee personal vehicles, providing them a special privilege.

Result: Settlement approved on March 14, 201 for a civil penalty of $5,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$5,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2010-069 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: An employee with the Department of Natural Resources was found to have violated RCW 42.52.020, .030, .070 and 160 when provided himself a special privilege and improper use of state resources when he purchased shop supplies from a vendor not contracted with the state, when he received discounts from that vendor on personal purchases, for doing business with a non-contracted vendor whose account manager was a family member and for using shop supplies and facility to complete work on personal vehicles.

Result: Settlement approved on July 16, 2013 for a civil penalty of $7,000.

$7,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.030, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2006-035 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: A Department of Natural Resources employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal matters.

Result: Settlement approved on May 14, 2010 for a Civil penalty of $50.

$50 RCW 42.52.160
1999-041 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: Department of Natural Resources employee violated RCW 42.52.160 and 42.52.070 when he used a state vehicle to communte to and from his home and the work site. He also used agency staff and a state vehicle to transport waste wood from the work site to his home for the benefit of several charities and directed a crew supervisor to have a ten person inmate crew build a horse trail on private property for the benefit of the private owner.

Result: Settlement approved on January 11, 2001 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 with $600 suspended and an additional $1,000 restitution to the agency.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
1996-016 Department of Natural Resources

Violation: Former Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee violated RCW 42.52.020 when he sold private timber to a company that employee also supervised or administered contracts with and on behalf of DNR.

Result: Settlement approved on August 13, 1997 . Board issued a Letter of Reprimand.

Letter of Reprimand RCW 42.52.020