City official arrested for alleged falsification of water testing

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 16:15:32-04

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrest of 35-year-old Mark Andrew Travis. 

Travis was arrested on Friday as part of an investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office regarding alleged falsification of water testing records for the City of Sidney.

Authorities say that between 2009 and 2015, Travis allegedly falsified water testing records that were required to be performed by Iowa law.

After an investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, they determined that water testing records that had been sent to the Iowa DNR had been falsified.

An investigation referral was made by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Travis was arrested for Felonious Misconduct in Office, a Class D Felony.

Officials say Travis turned himself in to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, posted bond, and was released. Since the DNR investigation conclude in September 2015,

Sidney municipal water has been tested and found to be within accepted standards. All further information will be released through the Fremont County Attorney’s Office.

Travis was released after posting a $5,000.00 surety bond.