LINCOLN, Neb. – State auditors are criticizing a Nebraska agency leader for using state-owned vehicles for questionable personal trips, possibly in violation of the law.
The audit released last week says Department of Natural Resources Director Jeff Fassett used vehicles for trips to Colorado and Wyoming, where he maintains a home, and submitted an incorrect travel log.
A spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts, who appointed Fassett, says the governor’s office takes the findings seriously and has ordered a review of the audit findings.
The governor’s office says Fassett’s wife was diagnosed with cancer last year, and he was authorized to work remotely from Wyoming so he could support her as long as it didn’t affect his job performance.
Fassett recently reimbursed the state $708 for travel expenses.