Former county administrator pleads not guilty to DWI charges

Published 10:59 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

Former Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever, who resigned last month after being arrested for alleged drunken driving, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two driving while intoxicated charges in Freeborn County District Court.

Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Kluever, 59, after a report of a drunken driver was made the evening of May 1 at 501 W. Richway Drive, near Brookside Park.

John Kluever

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Kluever resigned as Freeborn County administrator May 2, the morning after he was arrested.

Judge Carol Hanks ordered Kluever submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, not enter bars or liquor stores and not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances.

He is not in custody.

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners last month allowed Kluever to receive approximately $30,000 in benefits he accumulated in his position. The board approved transferring approximately 300 hours of paid time off to his voluntary employee benefit account — worth approximately $22,000 — and paying Kluever 161 hours in paid time off — approximately $8,000.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 13, and a jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 24, if the case has not been settled by then.

Kelly Callahan is serving as interim Freeborn County administrator, pending the hire of an outside administrator.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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