Watford City, ND (KEYZ) A judge throws out a criminal charge against McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger. Schwartzenberger was charged in state court with misdemeanor misapplication of entrusted property, related to nearly $1,000 in disputed expenditures on a county credit card at a Las Vegas sheriffs’ convention in 2015. The sheriff tells News Radio, “I am very pleased with the outcome of this case, I obviously feel it went on too long, and shouldn’t have been here in the first place, but I am very satisfied with it and proud of my legal team that helped me get to this point,” Schwartzenberger tells News Radio.
South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson dismissed the charge this week, clearing all legal hurdles that remained hanging over the lawman’s head since returning to work fall 2017. Schwartzenberger was suspended from his sheriff’s position in 2016 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The sheriff was reinstated by Gov. Doug Burgum last year after a special commissioner ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to support his removal.
Schwartzenberger was especially grateful to his family and friends. “I thank everybody for their support and their belief in what’s right and you know, the truth always prevails, and I had no doubt I would be vindicated,” he says.
Schwartzenberger says with this final legal hurdle gone, he wants to concentrate on filling the seven or eight positions of deputies, and dispatcher on his staff list and prepare for his re-election campaign this Spring.