HAILEY — A former Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on six felony counts of misuse of funds over $300 by a public employee .
Chad Schiermeier, 40, was employed by the sheriff’s office from May 1999 to December 2015 assigned as the Wood River Middle School resource office, Blaine County Sheriff Gene D. Ramsey said in a statement.
During summer, Schiermeier scheduled and organized Police Activities League, a non-profit program for children.
PAL works to prevent juvenile violence and crime by building relationships between police, children and the community.
Schiermeier was charged with the program’s financial expenditures and budget.
“In November 2015, questions arose regarding Schiermeier’s financial management of the PAL account,” Ramsey said. “As soon as we discovered discrepancies in the accounting and possible theft allegations, I immediately placed Schiermeier on suspension.”
Ramsey turned the criminal investigation over to the Idaho State Police and Schiermeier and he was terminated by the sheriff’s office in December 2015.
In 2016 the results of ISP’s investigation were sent to the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. A grand jury indicted Schiermeier Friday.
“These are serious criminal allegations and in the interest of transparency and honesty we will seek, along with the citizens of Blaine County, to see that truth and justice prevail,” Ramsey said.
Idaho State Police arrested Schiermeier on Saturday and he is being held in the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center on a $200,000 bond.
He was arraigned in Cassia County court on Monday.