Trial For Ex-Vernon Official Expected To Begin Today

By EGP News Report

Trial proceedings are expected to begin today for Donal O’Callaghan, who is accused of two counts of conflict of interest violations and one count of public officer crimes while serving as city administrator in the City of Vernon.

In a grand jury indictment handed up last October, the District Attorney’s office accused O’Callaghan of hiring his wife, Kimberly McBride, as a $40/hour bookkeeper for the city.

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O’Callaghan’s attorney Mark J. Werksman has said McBride was hired with the knowledge of city officials and was paid a “reasonable salary” for performing “valuable services.”

Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman has said all public officials are trained in ethics law and should know that public officials cannot have a hand in approving contracts that benefit themselves financially.

O’Callaghan was put on administrative leave and resigned from his post prior to the indictment. The contract was the subject of an internal investigation by the city’s attorney at the time, Larry Wiener of Richards, Watson & Gershon.

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July 14, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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