Former Landfill Co-Director Faces Theft Charge

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FORT DODGE, Iowa – A former co-director of a landfill faces up to 10 years in jail after he allegedly used state resources for a personal project.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Michael Grell Tuesday for theft by misappropriation.

Authorities say the former co-director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency used landfill equipment and workers to remove topsoil from his private property from spring to winter in 2012.

Grell is being held in the Webster County jail. Along with a jail sentence, he faces a fine of up to $10,000.


  • Troy Hendrickson

    Just business as usual in Fort Dodge actually, it’s a welfare town catering to the affluent white elite, governed by back room deals brokered by corrupt politicians and developers.

  • Matt Smith

    I think you would be surprised what you would find if you looked into the state workers in general. Getting paid for full shifts when they are not present, stealing supplies etc….

    • Troy Hendrickson

      In Ft. Dodge, the ruling elite has spent millions of tax dollars re-segregating the town according to economic status and race, and passing the costs off on middle class working people.

  • BrutallyHonest

    10 years?? You dont even get that for worse crimes, such as drinking and driving or possesion of meth. What is 10 years going to get anyone besides more tax money used to put him in prison. Sure, charge him with teh crim, but then fine him and make him pay versus the tax payers paying for him to be in jail.

  • Ishmale Whale

    You don’t understand how the private prison system and correctional officer unions work. They get their money and budgets by keeping the beds full at the highest capacity for as long as possible. That is why there are minimum sentences…it guarantees a private prison a set time of income and removes a judges ability to, well, judge and set sentences as he/she decides.

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