Pine Bluff Alderwoman Thelma Walker has agreed to a settlement of a complaint filed against her with the Arkansas Ethics Commission regarding the late filing of campaign finance reports from 2014 and 2016.
Walker paid a fine of $15o and was issued a Public Letter of Caution for violating a section of the Arkansas Code dealing with the prompt filing of campaign reports including the following:Her 10-day pre-election report for her opposed candidacy in the 2014 primary election when she ran for another term was 85 days late.Her final report for the 2014 primary election was 865 days late.Her final report for the 2014 general election was 765 days late.Her 10-day pre-election report for the 2016 preferential primary when she was a candidate for Mayor of Pine Bluff was 342 days late.Her final report for the 2016 preferential primary was 331 days late.
The letter, signed by Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan, said the offer of settlement does not mean that Walker violated the law but rather probable cause was found to exist.
The commission also noted that the reports have now been filed with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
The complaints were filed by Stu Soffer, and a copy of the letter was sent to Soffer, notifying him of the settlement.