The county last week began advertising the position of executive secretary in the office of County Commissioners, a job starting at $30,213 with duties included oversight of boat slip fees.
Somerset County State's Attorney Daniel Powell said Wednesday that he referred the case to his counterpart in Worcester County, Beau Oglesby. Powell, a former county administrator who once supervised the employee under investigation, turned the case over to the Worcester state's attorney to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Oglesby was not available for comment.
Powell confirmed that more than $6,000 was allegedly taken from the boat slip account between Sept. 2, 2008, and July 7, 2010. Powell also acknowledged that he was county administrator in early September 2008 when one of the alleged thefts took place, based on audit data. The second incident was March 17, 2009, when the late Sam Boston was county administrator.
"There were several occasions, and I was county administrator when one of the alleged incidents occurred," Powell said. "It will be up to Mr. Oglesby whether to press charges."
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