Fairfield administrator resigns amid computer porn charges, SLED probe

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 2, 2013 

The Fairfield County administrator resigned this week amid a SLED investigation, questions over alleged pornography stored on his county computer and citizen protests.

Phil Hinely resigned Monday, according to a news release by county government. Fairfield County Council will meet Wednesday to discuss what happens next.

Both Democrats and Republicans had called for Hinely’s firing in the wake of recent news reports that he was using his county computer for improper purposes.

In early June, as the controversy escalated, the county council voted to cut his $130,000 salary by 5 percent and have his email monitored by county Information Technology staff.

The local newspaper, the Herald Independent, reported Monday night that State Law Enforcement Division agents were in town late last week, investigating the alleged use of his county computer to view pornography.

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