(BEDFORD) - Former Mayor Joe Klumpp, and current director of the Bedford Housing Authority, is facing possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Monroe Circuit Court III, Klumpp has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted he could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Klumpp was not arrested and taken to jail, but was issued a citation to appear in court. His initial hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but Klumpp's attorney Michael Scarton, of Bloomington, waited Klumpp's right to appear. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 30.
Klumpp and his attorney are not commenting on the case.
Klumpp said, "Right now, I don't really have any comment."
Klumpp served as director of the former Thornton Memorial Boys Club for years. He ran for Bedford mayor in 2003, winning the Republican nomination in the spring and the general election in the fall. He took office as Bedford mayor in 2004. In the 2007 election, he lost to Jean Williams in the Republican primary. Independent candidate Shawna Girgis emerged as the new mayor after the fall election.
In May 2008, Klumpp was named the executive director of the Bedford Housing Authority during a meeting of BHA's board of commissioners. BHA, which oversees Hauck House and Hamilton Courts.
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