TOPEKA — Former Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor’s office concluded there was insufficient evidence to file charges after Stanley Ahlerich, then executive director of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors, was arrested last year in connection with driving under the influence, said current District Attorney Mike Kagay.
Kagay responded Friday to questions from the Topeka Capital-Journal regarding last year’s resolution of a case in which the Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Ahlerich, then 64, in connection with DUI early Feb. 6, 2016.
Kagay became district attorney in January after being elected to replace Taylor, who chose not to seek re-election.
Kagay indicated in an email he did some checking and found the case file was forwarded to Taylor’s office, which received it Feb. 25, 2016.
“On February 29, 2016, a request was submitted to the Kansas Highway Patrol for additional evidence to be turned over before a charging decision could be made,” Kagay wrote. “Upon receipt of all investigative materials, it appears there was insufficient evidence for charges to be filed.”
Ahlerich, of Winfield, took a new role in December as executive director of workforce and innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce.
He previously led the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since Brownback formed the group in 2011. The council’s mission is to provide the governor with economic insights assessing local, national and global business conditions and trends.