STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A city employee faces discipline for using a city truck while doing a private landscaping job at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s house in Stamford.

City landscaping specialist Ron Markey could be suspended for one day. Human resources director Emmet Hibson said Markey used a city truck for private landscaping at the $1 million house in August.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Hibson concluded the landscaping did not violate city policies, except when Markey asked a maintenance worker to retrieve his ladder from the house.

Markey used his personal equipment for the job and was paid by Malloy, who rents out the house while he lives in the Governor’s Residence in Hartford. Hibson told Mayor Michael Pavia that using a city vehicle for private work violates Stamford’s code of ethics.

The newspaper reported that Markey did not return a call for comment.

Hibson suggested that Stamford consider drafting a policy preventing supervisors from hiring their subordinates for private side jobs.

Mayor Michael Pavia ordered an investigation into the tree trimming work at Malloy’s house after a city vehicle was photographed leaving the job site Aug. 17.

The city’s investigation began when Malloy’s neighbor, Peggy Cobb, saw Markey working next door and tried to hire him to perform tree work at her house. He declined, saying he was a full-time city worker.

Cobb called Markey’s work at Malloy’s house “favoritism” because his services were not available to the average Stamford resident.

Malloy was mayor of Stamford from 1995 to 2009.
Information from: The Advocate,                                                                                                                      
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