Indiana mum on departure of top Ohio River toll bridge official

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A top Indiana official overseeing the RiverLink toll bridge network was fired earlier this month for “behavior that damaged working relationships and was inconsistent with the State’s interests,” according to his personnel file.

Clint Murphy, who was the Indiana Department of Transportation’s director of tolling oversight, had been suspended June 22 amid an investigation into “alleged unprofessional behavior” before he was let go on July 6.

The file, obtained by WDRB News under Indiana’s public records law, contains no details about the allegations, but it begins to explain the circumstances behind Murphy’s exit after more than four years on the job.

A Transportation Department spokesman previously declined to provide details about the departure, other than to say Murphy no longer worked at the agency. INDOT did not elaborate on the allegations Friday, citing a state policy about not commenting on personnel matters.

Murphy did not respond to a voicemail left on his phone Thursday afternoon. He has not appealed his firing but has 30 days to do so, an Indiana State Personnel Department spokeswoman said.

In his role with INDOT, Murphy was among the most high-profile state employees on the bridges project. He briefed the two boards that manage the project – the four-member joint board and six-member tolling body -- and was instrumental in evaluating the proposals for the RiverLink operator. He also was a liaison with Kapsch TrafficCom, the RiverLink operator, and its subcontractors. 

The state personnel agency denied other records sought by WDRB, including investigative files, complaints and performance reviews, saying they don’t have to be released under Indiana law.

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Marcus Green joined WDRB News in 2013 after 12 years as a staff writer at the Louisville Courier-Journal. He reports on transportation and local and state government.