CALL 6: Lawsuit filed to oust town clerk from office

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 08:01:59-04

YORKTOWN -- The state of Indiana is taking action to remove a town clerk who has been in office for a decade.

Delaware County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Yorktown Clerk-Treasurer Beth Neff.

The lawsuit alleges Neff has refused or neglected, on numerous occasions, to perform her duties including balancing the town’s financial books.

Neff also failed to follow the direction of the Indiana State Board of Accounts and, despite being cited in audits, continued to post errors to town financial accounts and records.

Monthly water and sewer bond interest transfers have not been recorded in a timely manner, which amounted to $127,472.35 in errors to date that have not been corrected on the town’s records, according to the lawsuit.

Call 6 Investigates called and emailed Neff, but she has not yet responded.

She’s been in office since 2007, records show.

Indiana law states public officials who fail to keep the books can be removed from office, but Call 6 Investigates is aware of only one time that it’s happened.

A judge removed Ashland Township Trustee Sandra Norman from office in 2013 following accusations she failed to file annual reports, as required by law.

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