KAYSVILLE -- The Davis County Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges of nepotism against Kaysville city officials.
The findings by the county attorney's office came after reviewing complaints that were forwarded by resident Margaret Brough about nepotism over a 25-year period in Kaysville.
Brough said she forwarded the complaints to the county attorney after the issue was brought to her attention in a letter she received.
For 25 years, she said, there has been nepotism at Kaysville City Hall, including the police department.
One example alleged in the information Brough forwarded to the county attorney's office involves Police Capt. Brent Ward, as an assistant chief, having indirect supervisory authority over his twin brother, Bruce, a Kaysville police officer.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said he had a good meeting with Brough on Tuesday and found her to be a well-intended citizen, but explained to her that the criminal nepotism complaints are beyond the statute of limitations and the multiple exceptions in the law "swallow up the rule."
"We went through those exceptions (with Brough)," Rawlings said. "That takes what has happened in Kaysville out of the realm of criminal behavior."
Rawlings said a few concerns Brough brought to the attention of his office still remain, and the office wants to tie down the loose ends, but those concerns are unrelated to the nepotism complaint.
Next week, the county attorney's office will send a letter to Brough, as well as a copy to Kaysville, breaking down what was reviewed, Rawlings said.
"I am pleased, after a thorough review, the county attorney has determined that the complaint filed against Kaysville city and its (police) officers is without merit," said Mayor Steve Hiatt.
Brough said she will try to change the state's nepotism laws through the Legislature and will attempt to change city government through initiative petitions.
"(Rawlings') hands are kind of tied on this nepotism thing because of the statute of limitations and the way the law is written," she said.
"By this time next year, we will have met our goal," Brough said of her group, Kaysville Citizens for a Responsible Government.
Although the county attorney's office won't pursue nepotism charges, the lieutenant governor's office continues its review of how leaders handled the city's unsuccessful Nov. 2 bond election.
In November, Brough filed an elections violation complaint with the lieutenant governor's office regarding the handling of the $4.5 million bond election.
The bond to build a new police station was defeated by a 57-43 percent margin.
Brough's claim of an election violation is being reviewed, said Mark Thomas, director of elections with the lieutenant governor's office.
Brough claims the city violated the portion of the election code that prohibits public entities from spending public funds on certain electoral matters.
The lieutenant governor's office is requesting written responses from Kaysville officials, Thomas said.
It is a class B misdemeanor for any public official to violate the election law. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
Other complaints Brough has recently raised against the city include its use of unmarked city vehicles; use of the revenues generated by the city-owned power plant; and the city's violation of its own ordinance making it illegal for people to purchase old homes in order to raze the structures for parking lots.