The inquiry is complete. Bannock County Prosecutor Mark L. Hiedeman reviewed the investigation of allegations made against Ada Commissioners Fred Tilman, Sharon Ullman and Rick Yzaguirre’s handling of the Dynamis waste-to-energy project and found no criminal conduct.
What were the findings? The 6,000-page report “contains troubling references to some conduct by the Ada County Commission but nothing rising to the level of criminal conduct,” Hiedeman said Thursday. He said some of the commissioners’ actions were based on the advice of legal counsel. He also noted, “There is no evidence of any commissioner receiving a benefit in exchange for official actions related to the Dynamis contract.”
Commissioners vindicated. They have long maintained they did nothing wrong.
What sparked the inquiry? Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower asked Hiedeman to handle the probe after receiving complaints from citizens. Bower couldn’t do it because some of his employees gave legal advice to the commissioners.
What’s next? The county must contend with two other lawsuits filed over the project. Dynamis is waiting for an air quality permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.