The criminal division of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has declined to prosecute Ada County’s three Commissioners following a criminal complaint filed by Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre claiming a conflict of interest over trash billing and other issues with Republic Services, the county contracted trash collector.
During one interview with AG investigators over an eight month period, McIntyre said her criminal complaint was “in retaliation” for actions taken by the commissioners who rehired her chief deputy after McIntyre had fired her. Also included in the bundle of issues was a reorganization which took responsibility for oversight and liaison with the trash collector away from the treasurer and created a new office headed up by the previously fired ex-chief deputy treasurer.
The basis for McIntyre’s allegations stem from campaign contributions to the Commishes totaling $7,300 between October 2004 and July 2012. Yzaguirre got $3,800, Tibbs took in $1,500, and Case accepted $2,000 from Republic Services in the form of campaign contributions.
All three Commishes told the AG investigator there was no “quid pro quo” for the contributions and all payments were made to election committees and duly reported.
The AG report and related documents reveal a power struggle in the county administration and an acrimonious atmosphere between the Commishes and the Treasurer. They simply changed the law and took away her staff and McIntyre filed a criminal complaint with the AG.
In the letter declining to prosecute under a fairly new statute giving the AG authority to investigate crooked county government, Chief Deputy Paul Panther said:
“The actions which form the basis of the complaint are that the Ada County Commissioners awarded contracts and continued to award annual rate increases to a vendor who had recently contributed to each commissioner’s campaign. Our investigation revealed that though the vendor in question did contribute to each commissioner’s campaign, such contributions did not violate Idaho Code.”
The documents in the report paint a picture of major feuding between the Commishes and the Treasurer.
We offer some excerpted documents from the report…
INVESTIGATOR SUMMARY– IAR #03-TJF-McIntyre meeting RETALIAT
LETTER DECLINING TO PROSECUTE– Decline letter (pdf).D59F9A4FE3F1B985
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