LITTLE ROCK — Former Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has agreed to pay a $50 fine and receive a public letter of caution to settle an ethics complaint.

LITTLE ROCK — Former Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has agreed to pay a $50 fine and receive a public letter of caution to settle an ethics complaint.


According to a settlement offer Redus signed Monday, the commission found probable cause to support a finding that he failed to file carryover fund reports for calendar years 2010 and 2011 in a timely manner. Redus filed the reports on Sept. 23 of this year, the settlement offer notes.


The commission also found probable cause to find that Redus improperly used carryover funds to make a contribution to a ballot question committee and failed to include in his final contributions and expenditures report for his failed 2012 re-election bid certain required information, such as the addresses of some donors.


The $50 fine relates only to the carryover fund reports that Redus failed to file until this year.


Stu Soffer, a member of the state Board of Election Commissioners and the Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners, filed the complaint. Earlier this year, Soffer filed an ethics complaint that led to Redus being fined $200 and issued a letter of public caution for failing to file a statement of financial interest for the 2012 calendar year and failing to file a pre-election contributions and expenditures report and a final contributions and expenditures report for the November 2012 general election.


Redus said Wednesday he had not been aware that he was required to file carryover fund reports and that the Jefferson County clerk never provided him with the forms needed to file the reports.


"The elected officials I’ve talked to, the majority of them have never heard of that carry-forward report," he said. "It was a learning experience, and I’m educating and informing every elected official that I can."


Redus, a Democrat, also said he believes Soffer, a Republican, filed the complaints against him for "partisan" reasons.


"He’s on the Arkansas State Election Board, therefore he’s aware of what needs to be done, but he’s not informing people. All he’s doing is trying to catch people that are unaware of what needs to be done," Redus said.


Soffer said Wednesday, "It is not the job of an election commissioner to tell candidates how to file. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with the Election Commission."


Soffer said Redus’ "minions" have filed four complaints against him with the state Board of Election Commissioners and four complaints against him with the state Ethics Commission, all of which have been investigated and dismissed.


"What I want Mr. Redus to understand is what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and as long as they keep taking their potshots at me, him and all of his ilk are fair game. I have plenty more material," he said.