A criminal investigation of the town of Gibsland is under way after complaints of misappropriation and misuse of public funds were taken to the Bienville sheriff’s office.
Sheriff John Ballance confirmed Tuesday that court subpoenas delivered to Town Hall late Monday seek bank records, official meeting minutes and assorted other financial information and documents. He said he’s optimistic he’ll know “fairly quickly” if the investigation will lead to criminal charges.
“I’m not going to play politics and shirk my responsibility. The allegations have been made, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
Bienville District Attorney Jonathan Stewart said his office is not actively involved in the sheriff’s investigation. Assistance is only being offered with court subpoenas.
Stewart said it’s likely he’ll have to recuse his office from involvement because of a conflict. Stewart and his father formerly served for decades as the town’s attorney.