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Auditor who quit set for re-election

Criminal probe in Whitley exploring misuse of money

Even though Whitley County’s auditor stepped down from her post this week amid a criminal investigation, she’ll still likely win re-election in November.

With Jenny McGuire already cemented as the Republican – and only – candidate for county auditor in this year’s general election, all signs point to her winning and having to resign again.

"If everything goes the way it is, she would be elected, but on Jan. 1 would have to resign again and then we’d need to have a second caucus within 30 days," said George Schrumpf, chairman of the Whitley County commissioners.

McGuire took a leave of absence at the end of July amid allegations of misuse of county money. The State Board of Accounts and Indiana State Police are handling the investigation.

Whitley County’s Republican Party is tentatively set to hold a caucus Sept. 3 to decide whom will fill the auditor post until Dec. 31.

Chief Deputy Auditor Vicky Schrader will take on the role of auditor until the caucus vote.

Former Auditor Linda Gerig has also temporarily returned to the office, which handles the county’s finances.

"That office is so dependent on the auditor because it’s a vital office. All the monies go through there," Schrumpf said.

He added that the commissioners, who handle personnel issues among other matters, hoped McGuire would resign in light of the investigation because it would make it easier to move forward with a replacement.

"It’s just an unfortunate situation," Schrumpf said.

cmeyers@jg.netEven though Whitley County’s auditor stepped down from her post this week amid a criminal investigation, she’ll still likely win re-election in November.

With Jenny McGuire already cemented as the Republican – and only – candidate for county auditor in this year’s general election, all signs point to her winning and having to resign again.

"If everything goes the way it is, she would be elected but on Jan. 1 would have to resign again and then we’d need to have a second caucus within 30 days," said George Schrumpf, chairman of the Whitley County commissioners.

McGuire took a leave of absence at the end of July amid allegations of misuse of county money. The State Board of Accounts and Indiana State Police are handling the investigation.

Whitley County’s Republican Party is tentatively set to hold a caucus Sept. 3 to decide whom will fill the auditor post until Dec. 31.

Chief Deputy Auditor Vicky Schrader will take on the role of auditor until the caucus vote.

Former Auditor Linda Gerig has also temporarily returned to the office, which handles the county’s finances.

"That office is so dependent on the auditor because it’s a vital office. All the monies go through there," Schrumpf said.

He added that the commissioners, who handle personnel issues among other matters, hoped McGuire would resign in light of the investigation because it would make it easier to move forward with a replacement.

"It’s just an unfortunate situation," Schrumpf said.

cmeyers@jg.net

Even though Whitley County’s auditor stepped down from her post this week amid a criminal investigation, she’ll still likely win re-election in November.

With Jenny McGuire already cemented as the Republican – and only – candidate for county auditor in this year’s general election, all signs point to her winning and having to resign again.

"If everything goes the way it is, she would be elected but on Jan. 1 would have to resign again and then we’d need to have a second caucus within 30 days," said George Schrumpf, chairman of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.

McGuire, took a leave of absence at the end of July amid allegations of misuse of county funds. The State Board of Accounts and Indiana State Police are handling the investigation.

Whitley County’s Republican party is tentatively set to hold a caucus Sept. 3 to decide whom will fill the auditor post until Dec. 31.

Chief Deputy Auditor Vicky Schrader will take on the role of auditor until the caucus vote.

Former auditor Linda Gerig has also temporarily returned to the office, which handles the county’s finances.

"That office is so dependent on the auditor because it’s a vital office. All the monies go through there," Schrumpf said.

He added the commissioners, who handle personnel matters among many others for the county, hoped McGuire would resign in light of the investigation because it would make it easier to move forward with a replacement.

"It’s just an unfortunate situation," Schrumpf said.

cmeyers@jg.net

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