Owen County Commissioner Charged with Official Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, and Theft

Owen County Commissioner Charged with Official Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, and Theft

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Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Detective Brad Stille was assigned an investigation on August 9, 2021, after requests from authorities to look into possible official misconduct or conflict of interest by current Owen County Commissioner, Dale E. Dubois. 

Dubois, 82, Poland, IN was arrested and charged as follow: 

  • Official Misconduct of a Public Servant, Level 6 Felony
  • Conflict of Interest, Level 6 Felony
  • Theft, Class A Misdemeanor

The investigation revealed that Dubois allegedly directed Owen County employees to conduct repairs to a county-funded roadway to ease access to the adjacent property for potential citizens. In reality, its alleged purpose was solely for Dubois’s personal advantage and all work ordered and completed by county employees failed to have any benefit to Owen County Government or its citizens.

After a complete review of the investigation by S/Trp. Stille, Owen County Prosecutor, Donald Van Der Moere II, asked for a warrant to be issued for Dubois’s arrest. A warrant was issued by Owen County Circuit Court on November 2, 2021. Dubois surrendered himself to the Owen County Jail later in the evening where he was held on a $7,500 bond with 10% allowed.