GALENA, Kan. (AP) - Cherokee County spent about $28,000 on a grand jury investigation that led to charges that were ultimately dismissed.
The county budgeted $50,000 for the investigation in 2015 after opponents of plans to build a landfill in Riverton petitioned for the investigation. Another $50,000 was set aside in the 2016 budget before the charges against the Galena officials were dismissed.
The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1Q09lON ) the Galena mayor and six current or former Galena City Council members were indicted on a misuse of public funds charges. The charges were dismissed in September.
A petition seeking the grand jury probe was started by opponents of the Galena council’s 2014 plan to establish a landfill in Riverton.
The county spent about $28,306 on fees for lawyers and others during the grand jury investigation.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com
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