Metcalfe County Attorney Sharon Bowles Howard Friday identified Tera Clemmons as the employee dismissed from her office following an accountant’s discovery of an “irregularity in the county attorney’s cold check account.”
Howard released the name in response to an open records request by the Glasgow Daily Times. In her response, Howard said Clemmons was given two weeks’ notice on Oct. 14.
Clemmons apparently has an unlisted phone number, and the Daily Times was unable to contact her for comment.
Last week, Bowles issued a statement announcing an employee was dismissed after an accountant detected the irregularity, but did not identify the employee.
She said the matter was turned over to Kentucky State Police for investigation. No one has been charged.
Howard said earlier in the week “there was some money missing from the cold check funds,” but would not say how much. She said her office will cooperate fully with the KSP investigation.
Friday, KSP Public Affairs Officer Dwaine Barnett of the Columbia Post confirmed his agency continues to investigate the matter. He said “over $6,000” was found to be missing from the account, but neither he nor Howard would say if the money had been returned, citing the on-going investigation.
In response to the open records request, Howard indicated Clemmons was paid a salary of $32,043.36, $13,046.88 of that from the cold check account.
Metcalfe Fiscal Court paid $3,952.50 of Clemmons’ salary while the remaining $15,043.98 came from the Prosecutor’s Advisory Council which helps fund the county attorney’s office.
Barnett would not identify any suspect in the investigation into the missing funds.
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