RUPERT, Idaho -- Minidoka County Sheriff Kevin Halverson turned in his resignation to the county on Monday afternoon as part of a plea deal.

In June, KTVB reported Halverson was charged with felony misuse of public money for allegations he used his county debit or credit card to buy gasoline for a female county employee.

On Monday afternoon, Halverson appeared in magistrate court, and the terms of a plea agreement were read.

If the deal is finalized in district court, the sheriff will plead guilty to one county of felony misuse of public funds by a public official. He also had to resign Monday and will be disqualified from public office in Idaho in the future.

In return, the special prosecutor, a deputy attorney general, will not press further charges related to this investigation. Further, the prosecutor will ask for prison time to be suspended, with county jail time possible.

No date has been set for the district court appearance and plea.

The county says Chief Deputy Vic Watson will serve as interim sheriff. The job will be posted on Tuesday, and the county will begin accepting applications through the clerk's office at that time. The job will close on July 12th.

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