ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Aug. 9 indicted Blue Hill’s former treasurer on one count of theft.
The former treasurer, Jody A. Murphy, 38, of Franklin, is represented by Ellsworth attorney Max Coolidge.
The indictment alleges that Murphy took funds belonging to the town of Blue Hill between Oct. 14 and Nov. 16 of 2017.
Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Stephen McFarland conducted an investigation, which revealed $17,960 missing from town coffers last year.
The Blue Hill Board of Selectmen put Murphy on administrative leave Oct. 5, 2017. Murphy resigned Nov. 16, 2017.
She tendered her resignation three days after a hearing involving the Blue Hill Board of Selectmen, town attorney Diane O’Connell and Murphy’s then-attorney, John K. Hamer of the Bangor firm Rudman Winchell.
In a phone interview after the Nov. 13 hearing, Murphy claimed no wrongdoing.
District Attorney Matt Foster said indictments serve several functions.
“Most importantly, the Maine Constitution requires them,” Foster said.
“Additionally, they give us the chance to get a feel for how witnesses will do on the stand and to get a second set of eyes — the jury — on the facts of a case before we proceed with it,” Foster said. “If we can’t get it past a grand jury under a probable cause standard, then there would be no chance of proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”