CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposed settlement was reached Friday in an ethics violation case against Raleigh County Assessor Drema Bias Evans.
The proposed agreement forced the postponement of a public hearing set for Monday in the case by the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
Commission Executive Director Rebecca Stepto said she could not release details of the proposed settlement until it is voted on by the ethics commission. The panel’s next regular meeting is set for May 7.
Evans was named in four separate charges alleging she violated the state ethics act when she hired her son and grandson. She allegedly paid her relatives more than some other employees. She also allegedly gave bonuses and raises to other “political employees.”
The original complaint was filed in Feb. 2012.
Possible penalties in the case include a public reprimand and fine.
Evans has been Raleigh County’s assessor since 1989.