GBAD Ethics Probe Dropped by Ada County Prosecutor

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The Greater Boise Auditorium District met this morning, with much fewer fireworks that have defined many of the organization's previous meetings.

In fact, board Chairman Hy Kloc opened the meeting by announcing that allegations of improprieties that had been directed toward him and fellow board members Mike Fitzgerald and Gail May had evaporated.

"The prosecuting attorney has dismissed the charges," said Kloc.

At the height of the board's discord last August, board member Judy Peavey-Derr had filed a complaint with the Ada prosecutor alleging open meeting and ethics violations, saying Kloc, Fitzgerald and May had been meeting in private regarding items that would come before the board. Kloc said he had met with Fitzgerald and May outside formal meetings before he took office in June 2011, but not since.

Ironically, neither Fitzgerald nor May were in attendance at today's GBAD meeting. It was Fitzgerald's second absence in as many months. Previously, Fitzgerald had been "attending" GBAD meetings primarily by telephone, since he has been working in eastern Idaho as the general manager of a restaurant in Ammon since June 2011. At the time, Fitzgerald told Citydesk that he was still a resident of Boise but was unsure of his full-time return.

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