“I met with members of the Ethics Commission and brought documentation,” Lindsey said. “We came to an agreement that they need to investigate, and I believe this complaint needs to be investigated as well. I want an investigation of the complaint itself.”

The Ethics Commission noted that public officials are prohibited from “using or attempting to use their official positions to obtain a personal financial benefit or avoid a personal financial detriment, that would not have been available but for holding the public position.”
Lindsey said he welcomes the investigation.

Commission staff will investigate the matter and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 25, 2019.


He also alleged that Lindsey’s actions were being made in part because he feared the marijuana operation would reduce home values in the area.
Templeton asserted that Lindsey went to several county departments searching for possible illegalities at the property.

The report also noted that had Lindsey made statements such as “what you are doing is illegal,” or “you picked the wrong neighborhood,” while presenting himself in an official capacity, he "may have been attempting to use the influence of his position to stop the medical marijuana grow in his neighborhood in order to avoid a personal financial detriment.”
Templeton charged that in 2017, Lindsey visited the property and presented a business card noting he was a county commissioner. Templeton also asserts that Lindsey told the property owners “you picked the wrong neighborhood,” and “what you are doing is illegal.”
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