The former chief of the SGVCOG was cleared of felony conflict-of-interest charges after a judge found that Nick Conway’s action did not amount to criminal conflicts. If one existed, the judge said, it was only in a technical sense.

Conway had served as a contracted director for the COG, and not as an actual employee. Conway’s company received grants for work from the COG, and he was accused of taking on projects with the COG that would benefit him exclusively. That charge was found baseless by the judge. According to the ruling, any actions taken by Conway were done with the full and open approval of the 31-member board.

The judge apparently agreed with some of the testimony that the case was politically motivated.

Read the full article at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.