Waterbury Official's Ethics Investigated

Police say he is accused of having staff work on his home

The top school inspector in Waterbury has been accused of having his staff renovate his home and allowing them to borrow city equipment and city officials are calling for an ethics investigation.

Board of Education members Paul D'Angelo and John Theriault filed a complaint with the city's Ethics Commission on Tuesday about Herbert Greengas.

Greengas told the Republican-American he paid the staff members several thousand dollars to do jobs at his house outside their regular work hours. The work included installing a new furnace for $2,500, redoing the roof for $1,300 and sanding floors for $600. He told the newspaper he couldn't recall how much he paid for the installation of a new tub and sink.

Greengas told the Republican-American he didn't know all the city ethics laws and said he would stop hiring subordinates and allowing staff to borrow equipment.

The ethics panel can order punishments ranging from reprimands to dismissals.

Greengas is the second public employee in Connecticut to get in hot water over allegations dealing with home improvements.

Hartford mayor Eddie Perez was charged with bribery and other and prosecutors claim he illegally protected a multi-million dollar project that was done by a contractor who had renovated the Mayor's home.

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