Charges filed against Linford, 50, were misuse of public money and attempted forgery, both class A misdemeanors. His sentence: 364 days in jail to be completed in two separate sentences, according to court documents. Walton subsequently stayed that sentence, and then sentenced Linford to spend 30 days in jail and 18 months on bench probation.
As a part of Linford’s guilty plea, he reimbursed the city in full for the funds he misused, according to a Cedar City Corporation press release.
Linford resigned from the position in 2015 after questions arose regarding spending. Questions regarding charges made between January 2014 and 2015 included a $5,000 charge for airline tickets, hotel rooms and a city-issued credit card were part of the police investigation.
Cedar City Police Department had handed the case over to St. George Police Department in light of a conflict of interest in the investigation.
In a statement from the city, gratitude was expressed to St. George Police Department, the Iron County Attorney’s Office and the 5th District Court for efforts in the matter and resolving it to get repayment of the public’s money.
“This has been a difficult matter for the individuals involved,” the statement said. “Out of respect for those involved and their families Cedar City has no further comment on the matter.”