A Seattle Public Utilities systems analyst has been fined $1,000 by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission for using work time and equipment to set up a Kirkland insurance business.
Nguyet Au, a 28-year city employee, agreed that she had made numerous calls and sent dozens of emails between October 2011 and June 2012 on behalf of a business owned by her and her daughter.
The actions violate city ethics rules that bar use of city property for personal use. Au received a written reprimand from SPU in 2007 for excessive use of the Internet and email. A utility official said additional disciplinary action may be imposed.
Au earned almost $86,000 from the city in 2011.