G. Kenneth Bernhard of Westport resigned today from the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board over campaign contributions he made in violation of state law.

“I have had a few days to consider recent events…It is apparent that my service will be a distraction to the important work that the Board does for the people of our state and I cannot permit that to happen,” he said in his resignation letter.

Thomas H. Dooley of Vernon will act as chairman.

Bernhard, who was the chairman of the board, initially said he would not quit, despite a call from the agency’s executive director for him to step down.

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