It has been a couple of years since the county found itself in a serious predicament — one that left it unable to seek state grants for housing programs and economic development.
The predicament was caused by the misuse or misspending of grants from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants were managed by the county's Valley of Imperial Development Alliance and the problem was discovered in the housing side of that department.
On Sept. 17, the former manager of the VIDA housing program — Clark Koerner of Holtville — pleaded guilty to two counts of misusing $70,000 to $120,000 in grant money. His pleading came after a lengthy investigation by the FBI. We are pleased that after so long a time there is some resolution to the controversy, although we have heard the case may not be over.
This was one of those cases where it was difficult to be patient. It appeared a crime or crimes had been committed, but it seemed no one was going to have to pay a price. If that had been the case, it would have been unfortunate because it would have sent the wrong message. Now the message is clear. If you violate the public trust and break the law, there is a good chance you will get caught.