Jennings County commissioner faces criminal charges

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana county commissioner faces criminal charges accusing him of having a county highway worker deliver a 14-ton load of sand to his church.

Jennings County commissioner Robert Willhite tells The Republic that he’s not guilty of the felony charges of theft and official misconduct.

Court documents say Willhite had the sand delivered in August to the United Christian Church, where he is board chairman. The documents say Willhite told police the county had delivered gravel and sand to other organizations, and that he didn’t know the church hadn’t been billed.

The county prosecutor says the sand was valued at $262 but that Willhite misused county employees, equipment and materials.

Willhite is a Republican who’s been a county commissioner for 16 of the past 18 years.

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