A special prosecutor has cleared Canyon County’s sheriff of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation.
KTVB-TV reports that Sheriff Kieran Donahue was accused of misusing public funds.
Special prosecutor Daniel Norris, the Malheur County District Attorney, announced his decision Friday.
Norris said allegations that Donahue used county resources inappropriately for personal benefit were without merit and he broke no laws.
Last August, the Canyon County Board of Commissioners got complaints against Donahue alleging he misused his position to support his anti-domestic violence campaign.
Donahue said in a statement the department will move forward and the investigation has been an unfortunate distraction for Canyon County.
“This investigation has consumed an entire year and was based on anonymous allegations that were without merit. As a constitutionally elected officer, addressing societal issues and conducting community outreach is an inherent aspect of my position as Sheriff. This investigation has been an unfortunate distraction for Canyon County. We are moving forward. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the highest quality public safety and help protect the vulnerable in our society.” – Statement by Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue.
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