Flint water scandal prosecutor is out after 3 years

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been dismissed.

Dan Olsen, a spokesman for the Michigan attorney general, says Todd Flood’s contract was terminated. Attorney General Dana Nessel put another lawyer over Flood after she took office in January. But he was still on the team and had appeared at court hearings.

Flood didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint’s water became contaminated with lead as well as a related outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Seven have pleaded no-contest to misdemeanors.

Former Michigan health director Nick Lyon has been ordered to trial for involuntary manslaughter in the Legionnaires’ outbreak. The decision is being appealed.

Flood was hired in 2016 by then-Attorney General Bill Schuette.