Last Updated Jan 1, 2009 6:18 PM EST
Those permits were reversed after it emerged in April that the development official, Urban Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Pat Ford, had received the gifts from Lamar. Ford resigned from his position but a State Ethics Commission panel found no evidence that he violated the state's ethics act.
Now the Tribune-Review reports that Ford is refusing to cooperate with a probe into how an engineering firm won a lucrative contract and how the development authorities lent money to another developer who whose properties were foreclosed upon. That developer has now disappeared to Brazil.
You can get more of the back story here, including the info that Lamar sued the city council alleging they conspired against the billboard.
- Previous BNET coverage of Lamar:
- Lamar Advertising: The Canary in the Coal Mine