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MacBean trial is slated for July

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By Daniel Laverty

The trial of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean is scheduled to begin July 7.

MacBean is accused of stealing approximately $643,000 from the Morrison-based fire district. The charges include three counts of theft of $20,000 or more and three counts of embezzlement of public property, both felonies.

MacBean’s jury trial is scheduled from July 7 through 11.

MacBean served as Inter-Canyon’s unpaid chief from 2009 to March 2013. According to the indictment, the former chief is alleged to have made unauthorized purchases using the district’s credit cards and bank accounts totaling approximately $643,000 since 2010.

Inter-Canyon’s annual budget is approximately $900,000.

DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell said MacBean was arrested Oct. 16, and, after posting $40,000 bail, was released from jail Oct. 17.

In the wake of the allegations, new financial policies have been put in place at Inter-Canyon, said Daniel Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic.

The district also will no longer issue credit cars to staff or board members, and the board has implemented a new purchase-approval policy.

The next Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Inter-Canyon Station 1, 7939 S. Turkey Creek Road in Morrison.