Probe into Essex County results in no ‘provable criminal conduct’

by Carol Thompson

The Franklin County District Attorney has concluded that there is no “provable criminal conduct committed by any employee or county official of Essex County,” however, does go on to state that the report has been forwarded to the Essex County Ethics Board and the state Attorney General for review.

An investigation into the bidding procedure in Essex County in regard to a data imaging contract was the subject of Franklin County DA Derek Champagne’s investigation.

The investigation focused on e-mail correspondence between Essex County Deputy Clerk Janet Cross and Joe Murman of Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool.

The company does business with the Oswego County Clerk’s office and has been embroiled in controversy for over a year.

The Oswego County Ethics Board found Georgiana Mansfield guilty of working for IQS while employed by the county. The board also ruled it was improper for Mansfield to accept two chairs from the company and later issued harsh words for an incident involving County Clerk George Williams, Deputy Clerk of Operations Matthew Bacon and company officials.

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