A special commissioner appointed by the governor to oversee the case has recommended suspended McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger be returned to his post.
In her recommendation to Governor Doug Burgum, Karen Klein says the state did not provide enough evidence for Schwartzenberger's removal. McKenzie County argued that Schwartzenberger fostered a culture of bullying and workplace retaliation in the McKenzie County Sheriff's Department, among other things.
In her report, Klein says that the arguments presented by the state do not support those allegations. Klein's suggestion will now go to Governor Doug Burgum who will make a final decision on the matter. Schwartzenberger faces a criminal misdemeanor charge for misusing the county's credit card. He is scheduled to stand trial for that charge in September.