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Andi Elliott: What’s the Difference?

December 13th, 2013 by Halli

by Andi Elliott

So tell me, what’s the difference?
After an Idaho State Police investigation in which they found wrongdoing, Jefferson County Commissioner Ron Baxter was forced to resign his seat on the Commission. And he also had to pay retribution for profiting as a business owner from county business while he was currently serving on the County Board of Commissioners.

Sheriff Blair Olsen’s wife used a county paid for cell phone for years…a phone that was assigned to another county employee who is currently suing the county. Olsen is currently under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General for this issue, inappropriate charges to the county, and hopefully, the complaints surrounding double-billing the county and the state.

Prosecutor Robin Dunn was charging Jefferson County taxpayers additional fees to represent the county in Federal Court…a case he lost, I might add. The Office of the Attorney General was asked to intervene by our state representative and it was found that Dunn improperly charged the county and now must repay $18,000.

The similarities are striking: they are all elected officials in Jefferson County. They are all long time county residents and men “of the church”. And they all have been found to have abused their positions of power and profiting from taxpayer largess. Baxter was forced to resign and repay the taxpayers. Dunn is being forced to repay taxpayers; where is his resignation? Olsen is currently under the gun and has curiously resigned his position as Chairman of Idaho POST 90 days shy of his three year tenure yet still remains in position as county sheriff. The Minnidoka Sheriff went to jail for much lesser transgressions. Olsen is arguably the most powerful sheriff (or he was) in the state. Will the “powers to be” be able to protect him? I guess that would be “the difference”.

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