The Porter County
Commissioners are refusing to comment on reports that agents with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation were in their office on Tuesday morning.
Commissioners -- President John Evans, R-North; Jeff Good, R-Center; and
Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South -- declined members of the press’ request to
speak on the matter, following the advice of County Attorney Betty Knight.
Knight was also
tight-lipped on Tuesday.
Reports of the FBI
visiting the County Administration Building began between late 2013 and
Spring 2014, when agents took documents related to the December 2012
contract between the County Commissioners and Porter Regional Hospital over
the employee wellness plan, conflict of interest disclosure statements from
2007 to 2013, payroll information for the County Expo Center from 2013, bid
proposals related to 2010 and 2011 contracts with the County Highway
Department, and building permits for Porter Regional Hospital and its
adjacent medical center.
FBI visits reported
by Porter County government representatives have slowed considerably over
the last 12 months as the agency seemingly shifted its focus to local city
In July 2014,
agents began looking into Portage Mayor James Snyder’s campaign finance
reports and the Citizens for Snyder political action committee finance
report from 2011.
agents entered the Porter County Auditor’s Office and obtained copies of two
sales disclosures related to the Valparaiso Promenade development involving
the City of Valparaiso’s Redevelopment Commission.
After nearly two
years of investigating, the FBI has not yet made public any results or