Police chief uses public money to buy snacks

Posted by: KLKN Newsroom, 8@klkntv.com

(AP) A Nebraska police chief will pay a $750 fine for storing campaign signs in a police station and using public money to buy more than $200 worth of snack food.

Sutton Police Chief Tracey Landenberger agreed to the civil penalty as part of a settlement with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. Commission members voted 8-0 last week to approve the fine.

The campaign signs were stored in the station between January 2010 and June 2012, and the snacks were bought between March 2010 and June 2012, according to the settlement.

The settlement says Landenberger did not intend to violate state law, and he believed at the time that his actions were allowed.

A phone message left for Landenberger at the police station was not immediately returned.