Heineman to pay back misallocated funds

By: KLKN Newsroom

Lincoln (AP) Former Gov. Dave Heineman has agreed to pay $250 to the state for using public resources to announce that he was applying for University of Nebraska presidency.

Heineman will make the payment as part of a settlement approved Friday by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

The commission ruled that Heineman violated state law after the Nebraska Democratic Party filed a complaint. Heineman was accused of using the governor’s official letterhead and state employee time to announce that he would apply for the university’s presidency.

Heineman left the governor’s office in January. He wasn’t selected as a finalist for the presidency, and the job ultimately went to Hank Bounds, the commissioner of higher education for Mississippi Public Universities.