Two City of Lewiston Employees Being Cited for Conduct as Campaign Volunteers
Marisa Lloyd

Two City of Lewiston Employees Being Cited for Conduct as Campaign Volunteers

Nez Perce County Prosecutors

LEWISTON -- Over the last two weeks, the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating allegations into City of Lewiston employees for using taxpayer resources to support the “Keep Lewiston” campaign.

To date, the Prosecutor’s Office has spent over 35 hours conducting interviews and reviewing documents and emails. Through the course of the investigation, it has been determined one City of Lewiston employee used their City of Lewiston computer to access personal email and print campaign documents on a City printer in excess of 550 documents.

The same employee also allegedly campaigned for “Keep Lewiston” by attempting to solicit donations for the campaign from co-workers and a subordinate while the staff was on shift work.

During the investigation, it was also determined that a second City staff member used their work computer to download documents and create two handouts for the campaign. The City of Lewiston and the employees involved have been completely cooperative throughout the entirety of the investigation.

The Prosecutor’s Office is in the process of citing these two employees for violation of Idaho Code Sections 74-604 and 74-606 of the “Public Integrity In Elections Act” which was passed in 2018.

“This statute is designed to guarantee that public resources are not used to influence outcomes at the ballot box,” said Prosecutor Justin Coleman. “Enforcement of this statute and ensuring fair elections in Nez Perce County should be a priority for everyone”. 

The Prosecutor’s Office thanks the City of Lewiston administration and the employees involved for cooperating quickly to provide the information requested. The investigation is ongoing.

A citation is merely an allegation and the individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. **


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