The former director of the Division of Highway Safety Programs was fined $400 and publicly reprimanded Monday for accepting passes to a Hillary Duff concert at the Kentucky Motor Speedway and getting the singer’s autograph for his daughter.
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission reached a settlement agreement with Boyd Sigler, who was fired as a director in the Transportation Cabinet July 22 after an inspector general investigation.
Sigler told investigators he had accepted three free passes, which were valued at more than $20, to two Speedway events.
He used his official position with the Transportation Cabinet and contacts with Speedway officials to gain access to the events, the ethics commission found.
On June 13, 2009, Sigler accepted two passes to a Duff concert at the Speedway for himself and his daughter, according to the Transportation Cabinet’s investigation report, obtained by The State Journal through an open records request.
Sigler was given a ride on a golf cart to non-public areas of the Speedway on the day of the concert, allowed access to a suite overlooking the track and was able to get Duff’s autograph for his daughter privately, the ethics commission found.
The Speedway was under contract with the Transportation Cabinet and overseen by the Office of Highway Safety at the time.
Sigler agreed to a $400 civil penalty and public reprimand, and he waived his right to appeal.