(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard was not wrong in asking the county to pay for legal expenses.
That’s what county attorney Andrew Baudendistel told county commissioners Tuesday.
Last month, a citizen questioned the legality of county council approving $25,000 in legal fees which Negangard requested last December for a disciplinary proceeding before the Indiana State Bar Association.
Baudendistel cited case law to commissioners, although none met the exact circumstances of Negangard’s case.
The attorney’s report concluded that the payment was appropriate under Indiana’s “Home Rule” statute that gives broad authority to county governments in cases that were not otherwise governed by specific state laws.
Normally, county prosecutors facing disciplinary action are represented by their county attorney. However, the complaint filed was by former county attorney Michael Witte and presented an obvious conflict.