TACOMA -- KING 5 News has learned the City of Tacoma has suspended an employee.
It is because of his connections to Silas Potter, the man at the heart of the Seattle Schools scandal.
Potter ran a program that was supposed to help minority businesses compete. An audit revealed $2 million in public money that couldn't be accounted for.
Percy Jones, Jr. worked closely with Potter and he does the same kind of work for the City of Tacoma.Jones is the coordinator of the Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) program.
Friday, an investigation concludedthat Jones violated the city's ethics code but he did not profit from his dealings with Potter.
The investigator says Jones' work calendar shows he attended more than 70 meetings and classes related to the Seattle School's training program.
The investigator found this was sometimes on city time, with a city vehicle, even though it wasn't related to Jone's work for the City of Tacoma.
Jones helped run training programs forPotter,who's now under criminal investigation.
Potter headed the district's regional small business development program out of school headquarters.
Both Jones and Potter didn't tell their superiors last year when they started a private company by the exact same name.