Former Mount Shasta Fire Protection Chief Chris Baker is scheduled to stand trial for the misappropriation of public funds in a Yreka courtroom Aug. 6.

Former Mount Shasta Fire Protection Chief Chris Baker is scheduled to stand trial for the misappropriation of public funds in a Yreka courtroom Aug. 6.

Baker is accused of using the fire district’s Cal-Card for unauthorized, personal charges between $5,000 and $10,000 over about a year’s time in 2011, said Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.

Though Baker is pleading not guilty, he repayed a portion of money back to the district via cashier’s checks. However, the checks have not been deposited, upon the advice of assistant District Attorney John Quinn, for fear depositing the funds could result in “civil compromise,” or an implied admission that no further money is owed, according to a conversation between board members of the the MSFPD in August of last year.

Baker was approving charges on the district’s credit card “without another set of eyes approving them,” Andrus said.

Baker, who resigned from his position as MSFPD chief in January 2012, is being represented by the Siskiyou County Public Defender’s office and has since relocated to Oregon.

The case originated when the MSFPD board contacted the Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller to report an irregularity on a credit card statement, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

The criminal complaint was filed against Baker on Feb. 27, 2012 and a jury trial has been postponed twice.

Andrus said Baker’s trial was set for last month, but was “continued by the people because of witness unavailability.”