Special prosecutor named in Rockcreek Township case

The Jackson County prosecutor has agreed to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against a former Rockcreek Township trustee in Bartholomew County.

AmyMarie Travis has been appointed to serve as special prosecutor in the matter of David E. Buzzard, 16750 E. County Road 200S, and his wife, Jacqueline, court officials said.

The Buzzards, both 50, were paid more than twice as much over a four-and-a-half-year period than they were entitled to receive — he as trustee, the highest-ranking position in township government, and she as township clerk, according to a State Board of Accounts audit filed Sept. 12.

One day after the audit was filed, Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash asked Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin to appoint a special prosecutor to avoid possible appearances of impropriety because he and Buzzard were both elected GOP office holders in the same county, Nash said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.