Monday, September 17, 2012

Valley County Prosecutor, Commissioners to Face Off in Court

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The legal tussle between Valley County Prosecutor Matt Williams and his county commissioners has ended up in court. The McCall Star News reports that Valley County commissioners have asked 3rd Judicial District Judge Greg Culet to rule on their desire to seek legal counsel apart from Williams, after the prosecutor lodged a lawsuit against the commission.

Williams said that he was illegally fired by county commissioners (even though his position is an elected one), and he filed a $120,000 lawsuit against the county commission.

Earlier this year, a rift developed between Williams and Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen. An independent investigation was launched after McCall Police Chief Jerry Summers recommended charges against Bolen for resisting and obstructing officers for failing to book a suspect in connection with an October arson at a Cascade school. The Canyon County Prosecutor's Office decided not to file any criminal charges after looking into the complaint.

"I would have charged them months ago," said Williams. "I am a more aggressive prosecutor than a lot of other county prosecutors."

Williams has decided not to run for re-election in November.

Culet set a hearing for Monday, Oct. 1, in the matter.

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