FARMINGTON — Former Syracuse Councilman D. Matthew Kimmel did not appear Monday in 2nd District Court, where he is charged with improper use of a state employee’s position.
Kimmel, 35, is charged with a class A misdemeanor. The Davis County Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Kimmel on Jan. 31.
Kimmel’s attorney, Ed Brass, did appear in court Monday.
Brass said he had been in a trial in Provo all last week and didn’t have the time to talk to Kimmel about a plea offer.
He asked the judge to excuse his client for Monday’s hearing, saying he needed time to talk to his client.
“We are unable to resolve this today, but I would like time to talk with my client,” Brass said.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said he spoke with the victims in the case about the plea offer. He would not discuss what was said.
Judge John R. Morris set Oct. 22 for the next hearing.
Kimmel, who was serving his first four-year term in office, was removed from the North Davis Sewer District over an ethics question surrounding inside information he is accused of providing to a real estate agent on a $730,000 sewer district land purchase.
According to court documents, it was Kimmel’s involvement in that land purchase and the claim he was to receive a $3,000 finder’s fee from the transaction, before declining it, that resulted in the charges filed against him.
Kimmel resigned as councilman in February.