County Commissioner resigns amid allegations he violated campaign laws

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Ingham County Commissioner Dennis Louney has submitted his letter of resignation to county officials after documents revealed he was using his county email address to campaign for the recent primary election.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum discovered the missteps last week, which show that on multiple occasions, Louney used the email to garner support, raise money, and promote fundraisers for his campaign.

One email reveals that Louney was essentially mixing business with officials at Lansing Community College by discussing future budget conversations and in the same email, asking for endorsements.

These actions prompted Byrum to file a complaint with the Michigan Secretary of State. Some commissioners then began calling on Louney to resign from his position.

In his resignation letter to Board Chair, Carol Koenig, Louney said his resignation was effective immediately.

“It has been an honor serving with several of the commissioners,” he wrote. “Your leadership has been a model for others to emulate. I regret my error in judgement and the negative impact that it reflects on the board. Because of this, I am resigning from the Board of Commissioners effective immediately.

6 News reached out to Louney several times for comment on this story, but have not heard back.

In the meantime, since there is now a vacant seat on the board that has to be filled within 30-days, it’s possible that Thomas Morgan will get brought on board a little bit earlier, according to Koenig.

Commissioners will of course have to vote on that, which could happen as soon as their next meeting at the end of this month.

Morgan beat Louney last Tuesday in the primary.

Louney was appointed to the board to replace former commissioner, Brian McGrain, who now works for the City of Lansing. 

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