The “Hot Potato” investigation of the Ada County-Dynamis trash to energy deal has been tossed once again thanks to the withdrawal of Boise PD from the case.
Sadly, it was only after the GUARDIAN informed readers of the BPD involvement that Mayor Dave Bieter called them off the case.
Several potential witnesses contacted the GUARDIAN, telling us their scheduled interviews with a Boise detective had been suddenly canceled due to orders “from above.”
Boise PD released the following statement Tuesday evening:
“Following review by the City Attorney’s Office in consultation with the Mayor, the City of Boise has elected to not serve as the investigative agency for the Bannock County prosecutor in the Dynamis/Ada County case to avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest.
“It is vital that the results of this investigation be beyond reproach. The City has the highest confidence in Boise Police’s ability to conduct an independent and neutral investigation; however, given the City’s use of the Ada County landfill as the primary destination for its solid waste, the City has elected to avoid even the appearance of a conflict by declining to participate in this investigation.
Ada Sheriff Gary Raney told the GUARDIAN he would seek another agency with the resources and expertise to conduct the investigation. Raney has the duty to investigate, but he is conflicted because the Commishes hold the purse strings to his budget.
Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman is conducting the inquiry into the county’s partnership with Dynamis at the request of Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower.
Looks like politics prevails, truth be damned. This case has so far been turned down by the Ada Prosecutor, Idaho Attorney General, Bannock County Sheriff, Ada County Sheriff, and now the Boise Police.
Perhaps they can find a backwoods copper steeped in poaching and brand inspection cases to look into potential white collar crime.
The citizens of Boise and Ada County deserve officials with the spines to do their jobs and also allow those who are charged with investigative authority to get on with finding the truth. Seems Team Dave didn’t want to have its Boise coppers checking into the politicos down the street at Ada County. You really can’t blame them–Ada could easily return the favor.
Faith in the criminal justice system is certainly questioned when citizens’ concerns are ignored regarding 30 year contracts assembled at the spur of the moment with no bids, $2 million loans of public funds hand carried to a private contractor, and secret meetings of officials outside the open meeting venues.
This hot potato investigation is turning into a mashed potato worthy of the U.S. Justice Department assigning investigators to look into local government corruption. That way the impartial lawyers of the Obama administration can evaluate the Republican Commishes.
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