HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A prime official in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s funds workplace who performed a key position in offshore wind initiatives and college building grants has resigned pending what state officers referred to as an investigation into “alleged misconduct.”
Konstantinos “Kosta” Diamantis, the deputy secretary of the state’s Office of Policy and Management, was positioned on paid administrative go away Thursday. The identical day, he submitted a letter of resignation and retirement to OPM Secretary Melissa McCaw that didn’t embrace the explanations for his departure, which was first reported by the Connecticut Mirror.
Diamantis stated he was resigning instantly and retiring efficient Nov. 1.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Diamantis stated he couldn’t talk about the investigation, however he believed he shall be cleared of any wrongdoing.
“I didn’t wish to be on paid go away. Paid go away doesn’t sit will with my character,” Diamantis stated. “I’ve been director of college building grants for six years, at all times with the taxpayer in thoughts. And I didn’t do something to get on paid go away and I wasn’t going to take cash if I wasn’t working.
“I’ve given public service a few years of my life and I’m pleased with my report and my accomplishments … and I’m not going to let this tarnish that,” he stated.
Max Reiss, a spokesperson for Lamont, confirmed that Diamantis had been faraway from his deputy secretary place and positioned on paid go away “due to a personnel matter that’s nonetheless underneath evaluate.” He didn’t elaborate.
He offered a letter to Diamantis dated Thursday from the Department of Administrative Services that stated he was being positioned on go away “pending the outcomes of an investigation into your alleged misconduct.” It famous that McCaw was knowledgeable Thursday of the “pending evaluate into your alleged misconduct” and that she subsequently notified DAS of Diamantis’ resolution to retire.
Diamantis’ suspension and subsequent resignation come a few month after a Hartford Courant columnist wrote about Diamantis’ daughter being employed for a $99,000-a-year place within the Division of Criminal Justice “with none evident competitors.”
A spokesperson for the division stated Anastasia Diamantis was inspired to submit her resume “following an in-person inquiry about potential openings on the Division” and “it was decided her training and expertise aligned with the present wants of the company.”
Kosta Diamantis is a lawyer and former Democratic state consultant whose district included Bristol.
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