PHILIPSBURG - Granite County commissioners are hiring some outside help to handle the prosecution of misdemeanor theft charges against Commissioner Scott Adler.
Adler is facing two misdemeanor charges for using county equipment on his personal property last year. An investigation by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation found Adler had used road equipment at his property, ostensibly to “test” a certain grinding and milling procedure for asphalt. However, his fellow commissioners have disputed that they knew what was going on.
Adler did reimburse the county for $1,400.
Now, Adler’s fellow commissioners have approved a resolution hiring a special Deputy County Attorney, which will represent the state in Adler’s case, prosecuting the charges of official misconduct and theft by embezzlement. That assigns the case to counsel from the State Attorney General’s Office to prevent any conflict of interest with the Granite County Attorney’s Office.
Adler will make his initial court appearance on the charges February 15.