(Ozark) – A Christian county commissioner is facing misdemeanor criminal charges and possible removal from office.
The Christian County Headliner reports eastern associate commissioner Tom Huff has been accused of personally benefiting from doing work on public roads. The charges stem from paving contracts awarded to the company Tom Huff Asphalt and Sealing, of which he transferred ownership to his wife about two years ago. But court records show the company is considered marital property from which Huff personally benefits.
The Headliner reports that county records show the county paid about $260,000 dollars to the company between 2009 and 2011.
The county prosecutor has also filed the first step in removing Huff from office saying he’s neglecting his duties. Huff has only attended one commission meeting since December 2010 after filing a worker’s compensation claim for an injury he suffered in April 2010. The county continues to pay Huff an annual salary of more than $31,000.
He’s scheduled for arraignment on the criminal charges July 18.