Bismarck parks director won't face charges for bidding

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck's outgoing parks director won't face criminal charges over what authorities say was a violation of competitive bidding laws.

Steve Neu was suspended without pay for three weeks last year and given a letter of reprimand for allegedly approving public projects without getting bids. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem a year ago said the Bismarck park district violated state law when it didn't seek bids to build a heating plant for an indoor swimming pool.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Burleigh County prosecutor Richard Riha says his office looked into charging Neu with misapplication of entrusted property but found no basis for the charge.

Neu is stepping down at the end of the month. He says it's a personal decision that has nothing to do with the earlier suspension.