No evidence of wrongdoing in Sharon Judkins investigation

Published: Jul. 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An investigation into the separation of a former top executive in the mayor's administration has shown no evidence of wrongdoing, after allegations of special treatment that violated the City of Richmond's code of ethics.

Sharon Judkins, former Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Administration, came under fire during her employment with the city for issues implementing crucial financial city software.

According to an inspector general's report, Judkins was allowed more than $400,000 in benefits at the city's expense.

Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall was under investigation for Judkins' benefits management and retirement calculation, but a report released Thursday morning revealed that there was "no evidence of criminal wrongdoing."

"We identified no evidence of collusion, conspiracy or fraud by or between Marshall and Judkins," said Commonwealth Attorney Michael N. Herring in the report. "Likewise, there was no effort to conceal the details of Judkins' separation, beyond measures normally taken to ensure the confidentiality of personnel matters."

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"I appreciate the prompt review by the Commonwealth's Attorney of the potential criminal component of this issue," said Mayor Jones in a released statement. "However, since potential legal matters still exist, I will reserve any further comment at this time."

Press Secretary Tammy Hawley confirmed that May 16 was Judkins' last day with the city.

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