by Deanna Darr
The legal drama of the would-be relationship between Ada County and the waste-to-energy company Dynamis has just gotten a bit more dramatic.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office announced today that Sheriff Gary Raney and Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower have appointed a retired FBI agent to look into whether there is enough evidence to support a criminal case against the Ada County commissioners and Dynamis.
According to the release, the appointment comes after several other law enforcement agencies turned down the request to look into the matter.
Verna Kessler will be leading the investigation. Kessler is both a CPA and a former FBI agent with decades of experience in the world of financial fraud. She will be looking at earlier allegations that county commissioners broke open meeting laws when entering into a $2 million deal with Dynamis in June 2010.
Kessler will be working under the direction of Bannock County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Heideman, who was appointed to make the determination if any criminal action had occurred in the deal.
"I have full confidence Verna will conduct the thorough, objective inquiry necessary to help determine whether there is any evidence of criminal behavior by representatives of Dynamis or Ada County," Raney said in a press release.
The inquiry is expected to take roughly two months.
Hidden Hollow Energy has also filed a $30 million tort claim against the county, stating that the Dynamis deal is a breach of its existing contract with the county.