Star-News: New Meadows Mayor In Hot Water, Accused of Using Public Servant For Private Work


The mayor of New Meadows faces fines or up to a year in jail and possible ouster from office for allegedly using her office for personal gain.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that Julie Spelman has no intention of resigning, but prosecutors said she had asphalt delivered and spread on her property by a city employee, and have charged her with violating Idaho's bribery and corruption law. Spelman faces a hearing in Adams County Court Thursday, Dec. 11.

The Star-News reports that Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Myron Gabbert alleges hot asphalt was dumped on Spelman's driveway on Sept. 5 and was spread out and tamped down by a city employee.

It's not her first run-in with the law. In March, Spelman was charged with misdemeanor battery when she slapped the city clerk after the clerk showed up on Spelman's doorstep and reportedly told her that she didn't know what she was doing when she ordered state equipment to be used to haul gravel and make dikes along New Meadows streets, which were quickly flooded.

Spelman admitted to the slapping when she said the clerk told her to shut up. Spelman later apologized for the incident and the complaint was dismissed.

Spelman was elected as mayor of New Meadows in November 2011.