Heffner officially stepped down from the state’s top education post last month, following an investigation by Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer. The year-long probe found that last year Heffner testified before Ohio lawmakers on behalf of legislation that would have benefited a testing company with which he had – at the time – accepted a job. Meyer agreed with Heffner’s critics that lobbying for a bill that would benefit your future company is a conflict of interest and an ethics violation.
Franklin County prosecutors say what Heffner did was not appropriate, but it’s also not criminal behavior.
From our colleagues at WOSU:
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien … says Heffner didn’t disclose the apparent conflict to legislators, but it wasn’t exactly a secret.
“It was known to multiple people that he’d had the discussions with the potential employer. In fact, I think he’d given notice to the fact,” O’Brien says.
Heffner also caught criticism for allegedly having state employees conduct his personal business. O’Brien says there wasn’t enough evidence to merit charges.
You can read the entire letter the Franklin County prosecutors sent to Inspector General Meyer below.