Wayne Salisbury’s travel being investigated by RI Ethics Commission

Wayne Salisbury Jr. was approved as the new director of the state Department of Corrections in the Senate's final session this year on June 13. He is seen that evening with Sen. Dawn Euer, D-Newport, Jamestown, chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

PROVIDENCE – The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday voted to investigate the travel of new Department of Corrections Director Wayne T. Salisbury Jr. amid backlash from the correctional officers’ union.

The commission voted 7-0 to look into claims made by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers that Salisbury traveled out-of-state during workdays and failed to report it on his Ethics Commission filing until June 5, after WPRI-TV reported on the union’s complaints.

The commission also agreed to determine if the complaint states facts that, if true, are sufficient to constitute violations of state ethics rules governing disclosure of travel by a public official or state employee. Salisbury had led the department as interim director since early 2023.

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