Trey Glenn, one of the current administration’s leading environmental officials, has just been booked into a Birmingham county jail. Glenn was arrested just two days after a formal indictment was issued against him for supposed violations of Alabama state’s ethics laws.
The high-profile suspect is the regional director for the Environmental Protection Agency’s southeast area. He has been implicated along with Scott Phillips, the former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner, for helping a law firm fight potential EPA actions. According to court records, the duo both soliciting valuable items from lobbyists, subordinates or principals.
Glenn also reportedly received money outside of his normal paycheck during the course of business. The Alabama Ethics Commission found significant evidence to believe the suspect violated laws by accepting personal trips that were paid for by a public relations firm. At the same time, the firm was representing a client before the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. When Glenn accepted the personal trips, he was currently the director of Alabama’s Department of Environmental Management. Accepting trips to Disney World and other bonuses appears to have been an illegal conflict of interest.
Glenn was released from jail on a $30,000 bond. His lawyer released a statement to the Associated Press in which he adamantly denied all charges against him. Glenn stated, “The charges against me are totally unfounded…I am innocent and expect to be fully vindicated.” The Acting Administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, has also declined to comment on this investigation. Wheeler has taken charge of the EPA in light of the scandals being uncovered with the former Administrator Scott Pruitt.