Dailey said it was an unwritten parks commission policy that nonprofits like the Boy Scouts be allowed to use some facilities free of charge if those facilities weren't already rented.
However, she added that the parks commission does not have a written policy stating such. This is an oversight she expects to correct in the near future.
The new policy likely will state that it is permissible for parks commission representatives to allow nonprofits to use facilities free of charge once a year, Dailey said.
The legal fees were paid to area law firms Goodwin and Goodwin and Bailey and Wyant.
Goodwin and Goodwin handles most of the parks commission legal business.
Hutchinson was accused of violations of the state ethics code in complaints filed in 2009 and 2010. There were "dozens" of allegations in the 2009 complaint that was "pages" long, Dailey said.
He was accused of misusing public funds to renovate the director's home at Coonskin Park and of giving away park assets.
Dailey said the majority of the complaints were dismissed.
Hutchinson said he signed the agreement because he wanted to avoid a legal battle that could have greatly increased the commission's legal fees.
"We don't have a lot of money at Parks and Recreation," he said. "And this has been going on for years.
"It got to the point where it was just getting really old. It's been like a nagging toothache."
Hutchinson said some members of the parks commission might offer to have the agency pay his $1,500 fine. However, he will not accept any offer and instead will pay the fine out of his own pocket, he said.
"I think the fine is steep," Dailey said. "He's a public employee."
This is not Hutchinson's first run-in with the Ethics Commission.
In April 2008, the state agency ordered Hutchinson to pay the parks commission $360 for free shoes he received in connection with a vendor contract.
He was fined $100 and told to "cease and desist from accepting any incentive, including free merchandise, in exchange for placing a purchase order for a vendor's merchandise for (the parks commission)."