Domestic battery charge dismissed against La Salle County Board member

County Board member charged in August with misdemeanor domestic battery

The La Salle County Governmental Complex on Etna Road in Ottawa.

A domestic battery charge filed against a La Salle County Board member has been dismissed.

Beth Findley-Smith, 38, of Somonauk, was charged with the misdemeanor in August after an incident in Peru, during which she allegedly splashed an individual with a drink and slapped his face during an argument.

On Thursday, however, a special prosecutor – the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office had withdrawn from the case to avoid a conflict of interest – appeared in La Salle County Circuit Court and announced that the charge would be dismissed.

Findley-Smith and the special prosecutor, Bill Elward, both declined to comment after the brief hearing.

Findley-Smith, a Republican, was elected to the County Board in November 2022 to represent District 4.