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Probe finds no ethics violations from Ohio school board member who represents private colleges


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Ethics commission says a state school board member's leadership role with an association representing independent universities doesn't constitute a conflict of interest.

State school board member C. Todd Jones announced this week he received a letter from the Ohio Ethics Commission saying there was no evidence he violated any ethics laws by serving on the board while simultaneously working as president, general counsel and lobbyist for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1I8GJzb ) the commission investigated Jones following a complaint from a resident in 2013.

The commission found Jones didn't vote on school board matters of direct monetary benefit to members of the association and didn't lobby the legislature on matters before the board.

Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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