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County approves reports as former treasurer’s settlements

The Clark County Fiscal Court closed the books on former Treasurer Jerry Madden’s accounts Thursday when it approved its settlement.

The vote was continued from the court’s special meeting Monday, when it approved the reports from former interim Treasurer Shea Champ, who resigned in July.

Some magistrates questioned why the final reports for both ended days before their last day at work, and if those were viable as final settlements.

County Attorney William Elkins acknowledged the state statute concerning the situation is vague and leaves the matter up to the Fiscal Court, as it sees fit.

Madden’s employment was terminated in March over a retroactive transfer the court said was made without its approval.

Elkins said the court has approved the monthly reports and the Department of Local Government has reviewed them as well.

Earlier in the week, Magistrate Travis Thompson questioned why Madden was not allowed to make a final settlement.

In a separate interview, Judge-Executive Chris Pace said Madden was fired for cause and did not have the credentials to access the county’s databases.

The matter was approved unanimously.

The court also approved the purchases of a roller and asphalt hot box for the County Road Department.

Pace said both items were bid, but Road Supervisor Allan Curtis found a used roller for less money and negotiated the hot box to bring the price to $30,000, the minimum to require an item to go through the bidding process. The roller was approved unanimously, and the hot box was approved on a 6-1 vote, with Thompson voting no.

In other action, the court:

— voted to change David Begley from a part-time employee in the County Road Department to full time. The change was requested after another employee suffered a non-work related injury.

— approved a raise for employees at the Road Department, which was recommended by the Road Department Committee.

— voted to seek bids for exterior repairs to the Clark County Courthouse.

— voted to open the application process for the Clark County Community Foundation for 2020. The application deadline will be Aug. 31.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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