Audubon Co. Auditor has temporary custody of the Treasurer’s Office

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May 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Correction to earlier version of this story – updated 8:50-a.m. 5/2/12)

The Audubon County Board of Supervisors have set May 9th as the date to appoint an interim County Treasurer, to fill the vacancy created by the death Sunday, of¬†Audubon County Treasurer Connie Johnson. Auditor Lisa Fredericksen told KJAN News, per Iowa Code section 69.3, the Treasurer’s Office was temporarily closed once officials learned of Johnson’s passing. Fredericksen came into the office and took possession of the keys and books, and count the money on hand.

The Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Tuesday to decide whether to hold a special election to fill the position, or to appoint. They chose to appoint a person to the job. The notice will be posted in Friday’s edition of the local paper in Audubon. Fredericksen says the notice needs to be in the paper no less than four days and no more than 20, so the soonest an appointment can be made is next Wednesday, May 9th, at 9-a.m.

In the meantime, Fredericksen said so she doesn’t handle both sides of money transactions, the Board approved Deputy Treasurer Deb Campbell and Fredericksen going to the bank together, to handle any financial transfers, so their is no appearance of impropriety. The Supervisors passed a resolution to allow Fredericksen to become bonded until an appointment is made next Wednesday. She has custody of the office until such time as an appointment is made.

All Audubon County offices will be closed on Thursday, May 3rd,¬† so that County employees who choose to do so, may attend Johnson’s funeral. Connie Johnson was 53-years old. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira is in charge of the funeral arrangements.