- Associated Press - Saturday, December 15, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state investigation found no criminal wrongdoing when a Burleigh County commissioner’s business was awarded a county construction contract.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Bitco Construction, Commissioner Brian Bitner’s company, was paid $19,510 for landscaping work at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center.

Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt says he noticed the payment and became concerned because state law says public servants can’t authorize contracts in which they have a personal interest.

Bitner says he abstained from the commission’s vote to approve the contract. But investigators say it raised transparency concerns.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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