Press release: “Owen County Commissioner Charged with Official Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, and Theft”

The following press release was sent to The Bloomingtonian at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday morning:

Owen County –  Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Detective Brad Stille was assigned an investigation on August 9, 2021, after requests from authorities to look into possible official misconduct or conflict of interest by current Owen County Commissioner, Dale E. Dubois. 

The investigation revealed that Dubois allegedly directed Owen County employees to conduct repairs to a county-funded roadway to ease access to the adjacent property for potential citizens. In reality, its alleged purpose was solely for Dubois’s personal advantage and all work ordered and completed by county employees failed to have any benefit to Owen County Government or its citizens.

After a complete review of the investigation by S/Trp. Stille, Owen County Prosecutor, Donald Van Der Moere II, asked for a warrant to be issued for Dubois’s arrest. A warrant was issued by Owen County Circuit Court on November 2, 2021. Dubois surrendered himself to the Owen County Jail later in the evening where he was held on a $7,500 bond with 10% allowed. 

Arrested and Charges: Dale E. Dubois, 82 years old, Poland, IN

  • Official Misconduct of a Public Servant, Level 6 Felony
  • Conflict of Interest, Level 6 Felony
  • Theft, Class A Misdemeanor

An arrest photo and/or information about Dubois’s current jail status may be obtained from the Owen County Jail.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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