No charges for emergency manager

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota emergency manager who stayed on the East Coast after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse will face no criminal charges.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office says it has declined to pursue felony theft or swindle charges against Sonia Pitt.

A statement from the office says the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s policies were unclear and Pitt’s expenses and work hours were routinely approved.

Pitt was fired from her $85,000-a-year job at the agency a year ago for unprofessional conduct, including unauthorized expenses and travel. A legislative audit found that Pitt improperly billed the state for at least $26,000 in pay and unauthorized travel.

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