The public hearing into ethics charges against a former University of Connecticut employee will continue Wednesday after proceedings began Friday.
Priscilla Dickman, a former UConn Health Center employee, is facing eight charges accusing her of using state equipment and time to conduct work outside of her role at the Farmington-based health center.
Her public hearing, which began Friday after Judge Trial Referee William Wollenberg ruled last month that UConn had probable cause, is before the before the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, the first for the board.
The advisory board, a nine-member panel of appointments by the governor and the legislature, was included as part of the Office of Ethics in 2005 and serves as the jury in such public hearings.
Dickman’s hearing will continue Wednesday in the same building housing the state Office of Ethics, which is located on Trinity Street in Hartford.
The hearing, which is open the public, must reach a conclusion within 90 days of commencement, ethics Education Director Meredith Trimble said.
According to UConn officials, Dickman worked as a medical technologist at the health center from 1978 through “at least” June 23, 2005, and was considered a state employee during this time.
UConn is accusing Dickman of using health center equipment to conduct business for each of her private ventures, a violation of state law.
Dickman also faces allegations of conducting private business while being compensated by the health center and the center states Dickman failed to perform her official duties during these times.
In addition, Dickman is charged with of knowingly acting to her own financial benefit while utilizing state time and resources.
She could face fines of up to $10,000 or be forced to pay back damages for each charge.