The State Ethics Commission has advised Indiana's top business-recruitment official to separate himself from any decisions related to tax credits that could benefit a company he co-owns.
The commission told Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden on Thursday that a "wall of separation" is needed to safeguard him against any conflict-of-interest accusations. Doden had sought an advisory opinion.
The Journal Gazette reports Doden is on leave from a company he co-owns that's a minority partner in a development firm that might bid on a project in Fort Wayne.
If Fort Wayne expands a revitalization district adjacent to that property and Doden's company wins a contract it would be eligible for a state tax credit that would have to be approved by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.