The chief operating officer of City Park authorized more than $1 million in public works payments to contractors while using the same vendors to build or repair two homes for himself in Metairie, according to records uncovered by WWL-TV.

State ethics laws generally frown on such arrangements because of the potential for self-dealing.

But City Park officials say that they investigated the matter and determined the executive — Rob DeViney — paid fair market value for all the work he hired the contractors to perform on his home, and therefore, they say, there's no ethics violation.

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