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State AG assigns attorney to Steve Green case

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:02 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:15 a.m. CST

The Iowa Attorney General’s office responded to a letter sent by Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon, confirming an attorney will be assigned to the investigation involving former Creston Water Works Manager Steve Green.

“We visited about it for quite a while,” Kenyon said. “We all agreed that would be appropriate.”

A 75-page special investigation report by the state auditor’s office revealed that Green was paid almost $90,000 in improper and unsupported disbursements between July 2005 and November 2012.

Creston Water Board members terminated Green’s contract in late June.

On July 24, Kenyon met with Tony Birmingham, an agent for the Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and CPA Manager James Cunningham of the state auditor’s office to review the status of the investigation, according to a letter written by Kenyon.

Upon their review, Kenyon said it was apparent the matter involves more than one misappropriation of funds and a possible claim by the city of Creston could be made.

In the letter Kenyon said Rule 32:1.8(h)(2)(I) of the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits his involvement due to a “proprietary interest.”

“My role (in the case) is now complete,” Kenyon said. “The attorney general will assign a staff attorney, but I do not know what step they will take next.”

According to Kenyon, the cost of the attorney is handled by the attorney general’s office.

“My understanding is any routine collateral cost will be paid out of my budget,” Kenyon said. “There will not be any additional expense to the Union County taxpayers.”

The last case in Creston involving the attorney general’s office was in 2008 when former Creston Police Chief James Christensen and former Creston Assistant Police Chief John Sickels were sentenced to 25 years in prison for their roles in the sexual assault of a Crestmoor Golf Club bartender.

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