clerk-treasurer Chris Stidham has been charged in Porter Superior Court with
one count of official misconduct.
investigation by the Indiana State Police, Stidham, 37--with a listed
address of 2943 Wingstem Drive in Portage--was charged on Tuesday with
“creating obligations in excess of appropriations by issuing a bond,
certificate, or warrant for the payment of money in excess of
The case was
referred by the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to Special
Prosecuting Attorney Stanley M. Levco. The probable cause affidavit
detailing the specific circumstances of the charge against Stidham was not
immediately available today.
is a Level 6 felony punishable by a term of six to 30 months.
mayor John Cannon released the following statement on Wednesday: “My
administration successfully rooted out corruption in Portage, in the face of
obstruction by my own Democrat-controlled City Council. I want to thank my
special investigative committee, Ron Necco, Bill Fekete, and Steven Nelson,
who worked in a bipartisan fashion, with counsel Chris Buckley, to expose
this criminal scheme to enrich Mr. Stidham at the taxpayers’ expense. We are
gratified that today’s charges vindicate our work.”