The Alabama Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Mobile Planning Commission Chairman Jay Watkins.
Local environmental activist and resident Thayer Dodd filed a complaint alleging Watkins voted on issues involving petroleum storage tanks, despite business ties to companies benefitting from the votes. However, in a letter dated Feb. 3, the Alabama Ethics Commission informed Watkins the charges had been dismissed.
“The complaint has been investigated by commission investigator Tony Goubil,” the letter read. “The commission concluded, upon review of the evidence from the investigation, that there was no probable cause to believe that you violated the Alabama Ethics Act.”
In an emailed statement Watkins, a shareholder at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, thanked the commission.
“This is the result I anticipated and I am grateful to the Ethics Commission for their diligence in investigating the claim,” Watkins wrote.
Planning Commission attorney Doug Anderson, who was the subject of a related Alabama Bar Association complaint filed by Dodd, was previously cleared of any wrongdoing.