Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has parted ways with longtime staffer Cortez Quinn, who is being investigated for allegedly accepting illegal loans from a Twin Rivers Unified employee while he served as a school district trustee.
"We had a mutual agreement to part company," Dickinson said. "Beyond that I can't give any more information. We have a lot of restrictions relating to personnel matters."
Quinn, who was Dickinson's district director, won a second term as a Twin Rivers trustee in June then was voted school board president by fellow trustees. Quinn did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
Two weeks prior to winning his trustee seat in the June election, allegations surfaced that Quinn accepted $55,000 in loans from a district employee with whom he had a relationship.
It is illegal for an elected official to accept loans from an employee, according to state government code.
Quinn did not report any loans or gifts on the state's annual conflict of interest form, which he most recently filed in April.
Officials at the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office confirmed Wednesday they are continuing to review documents in the case.
Quinn also faced scrutiny last month after The Bee reported he had repeatedly asked school police officers to chauffeur him on personal trips or errands in 2009 and 2010.
"It's a challenging time for him no question about it," Dickinson said. "I wish him the best in whatever comes next."
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