Investigator: No Conflict of Interest for Anoka County Commissioner

Updated: 11/05/2012 9:49 AM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

An investigator says a longtime Anoka County commissioner's business partnership does not create a conflict of interest and was not subject to disclosure.

Earlier this week, we reported on questions about Commissioner Dan Erhart's business partnership with a man who works for a financial firm that has done business with Anoka County. Friday, we learned the Washington County Attorney's Office found no conflict of interest and no relationship that Erhart should have disclosed while doing county business.

Erhart's business partner also works for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a financial firm that's been hired by Anoka County to sell taxpayer-financed bonds.

On Monday, we asked Hamline University law professor David Schultz about Erhart. Schultz told KSTP in his opinion, "There's no question, there's a conflict of interest."

The chairperson of the Anoka County Board told KSTP she would call for an investigation.

Washington County was asked by Anoka County to conduct an independent investigation.

In a letter dated Nov. 1, Assistant Washington County Attorney Richard Hodsdon wrote "... in my opinion there is no basis to conclude that there is any conflict of interest subject to disclosure ..."