Cameron’s allegations found to be groundless and without merit


WESTFIELD — On or about April 5, 2011, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint from Mr. Russell Cameron.  Mr. Cameron, a candidate for Westfield City Mayor alleged that Mr. Bruce Hauk, Westfield Deputy Mayor since 2008, had engaged in illegal activities related to the 2011 campaign of Mayor Andy Cook.  The complaint alleged 8 violations of Indiana criminal law.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor, D. Lee Buckingham, turned the information received over to the Indiana State Police for investigation.

Of the eight violations alleged, six were based on statutory restrictions placed on City Managers.  One allegation involved campaigning during Mr. Hauk’s regular work hours and one allegation regarding an inappropriate directive to Westfield Department Heads.

The investigation revealed that the City of Westfield had never created the position of City Manager and as thus the six allegations related to City Manager were found to be groundless and without merit.

The allegation regarding campaigning during work hours was also found to be groundless and without merit.

The final allegation regarding inappropriate communications directed to Westfield Department Heads was investigated by police interviews of all persons attending that meeting.  This allegation was also proven to be groundless and without merit.

Westfield City Attorney, Brian Zaiger, was notified that no charges would be forthcoming on April 29, 2011.  On Friday May 6, 2011, The Hamilton County Prosecutor confirmed the investigation closed stating “The investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police did not reveal any criminal activity”.

Mr. Hauk has stated that he has been advised of his civil remedies against persons making defamatory statements and has indicated that he is seeking attorneys to pursue those remedies.

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