Ward Four Alderman George Stepps has been issued a Public Letter of Citation and fined $100 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission after it determined that he had violated several sections of state financial disclosure regulations between calender years 2011 and 2012.

Ward Four Alderman George Stepps has been issued a Public Letter of Citation and fined $100 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission after it determined that he had violated several sections of state financial disclosure regulations between calender years 2011 and 2012.


A letter to Stepps from AEC Director Graham F. Sloan dated Tuesday listed his four violations of Arkansas Code, including a failure to disclose income received from the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Dollarway School District on his Statement of Financial Interest for calender year 2011 and from APERS on the SFI for calendar year 2012.


The AEC found that Stepps failed to disclose the correct address for Miles Newsome Realty Inc. and the correct business name for SK&N Tax Business Consulting on his SFI for calendar year 2011.


Stepps was found by the AEC to have failed to disclose the correct business name for SK&N Tax Business Consulting and Miles Newsome and Associates Realty as a business in which he has an investment or holding on his calendar year 2012 SFI.


Finally, the AEC found that Stepps failed to have his signature notarized on his SFI for calendar year 2012.


"It is noted that you have filed amended SFI’s for calendar years 2011 and 2012 to address the matters in question," the letter from Sloan said.


The initial ethics complaint was filed with the AEC in September by Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stu Soffer in his capacity as a private citizen.