PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) – Former Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee’s chief of staff did not break the law when he personally got involved in efforts to win approval to develop certain areas wetlands in which he had a financial interest, but he showed “lack of judgment”. State Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a report released Wednesday.

While Anthony Silva’s dealings with the state Department of Environmental Management and City of Cumberland officials were not criminal, his conduct undermined trust in the state government, concludes the 22-page report.

“The picture all of this paints is consistent with what many Rhodeans believe happens on a regular basis: a government insider who, because of his position … may have had the ear of senior DEM officials and put his candidacy on their radar screen,” the report said.

The investigation focused on whether Silva breached bribery or extortion laws. The report concluded that there was no evidence that he offered anything of value in exchange for approval and that he never threatened anyone.

Silva had a deal to buy the property in Cumberland — where McKee was once mayor and Silva was police chief — and wanted to build on it. Neighbors opposed the development, saying it would worsen flooding in the area.

After the agency issued the necessary approvals, the property was purchased by Silva’s son. It was never developed and was later donated to the city.

Silva resigned last August when the problem became what McKee called a “distraction”, and the Democratic governor called for the investigation. Silva maintained that he had done nothing wrong.

A spokesperson for McKee said in a statement that “based on this report, the people of Rhode Island should have full confidence in the way the Governor and the Department of Environmental Management conduct the affairs of the Rhode Island. ‘State”.

The state ethics commission in January dismissed a complaint against Silva filed by the state’s Republican Party.

A message was left with a lawyer for Silva.