Colfax County Commissioner Was Facing Multiple Criminal Charges Before His Death

RICHLAND – A Colfax County Commissioner found dead earlier this week was facing multiple criminal charges for approving unauthorized road projects.

According to court records, the charges were brought about by Platte County Deputy Attorney Elizabeth Lay on October 30. Bauman was charged with eight misdemeanors for authorizing improvements on Road 4 and Road C in Colfax County.

The charges against Bauman were two counts of official misconduct, two counts of producing contracts that were in excess of the county’s budget, two counts of violating the open meetings act, and two counts of violating the competitive bidding act.

Lay stated that Bauman contracted money to be expended that was not provided for in the 2018 fiscal year budget, that neither of the projects were placed on the public agenda to be voted on, and that Bauman did not secure at least three informational bids equal to or in excess of $10,000 for county road improvements.

Records say that the County Road 4 project totaled $24,000 and that the County Road C project totaled $64,000. Bauman was ordered to appear in the Colfax County District Court for an arraignment on November 28, but was found dead on November 13.

The body of Bauman, whose listed residence is 315 Tilden Street in Richland, was found in a yard in the 300 block of Tilden Street. The cause of Bauman’s death is still under investigation, and foul play is not suspected.

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