Update - DOT board votes to reprimand commisssioner

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April 21, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Board of Transportation voted 8 to 3 on Monday to reprimand Commissioner Gena Abraham for a delay in reporting her relationship with board chairman Mike Evans.

Evans resigned last week saying he wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Abraham. DOT policy forbids intimate relationships in the direct chain of command.

Board member Dana Lemon put forth a proposal to oust Abraham but the board never voted on it opting for the reprimand instead.

Acting Board Chairman William Kuhlke also confirmed that a sexual harassment complaint had bee filed against acting Board Chairman Garland Pinholster. Pinholster had been serving as chairman since Evans stepped down but on Monday he resigned the chairmanship.

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