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State investigating Huntington County finances

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

HUNTINGTON — Two Huntington County officials were fired on April 29 following a personnel review held in executive session.

Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard said IT director Matt Taylor and his wife Melissa Taylor, who directed central dispatch, were terminated after the county auditor brought something to their attention before the April 29 meeting.

“Issues arose through the auditor’s office, which coincided with an audit by the State Board of Accounts (SBOA),” Buzzard said. “That’s how it all evolved, and from that point on, it’s a personnel matter. I can’t comment further than that.”

Buzzard said Indiana State Police have been notified.

“The county dealt with it, and we’re waiting on the investigation to be complete,” Buzzard added.

ISP Communications Director Sgt. Ron Galaviz said their department was notified of a complaint involving finances from Huntington County, but he said ISP policy does not allow their department to identify suspects in any cases.

“At this point, we haven’t really started anything because the State Board of Accounts is conducting an investigation, and once they finish, our investigator will partner up with them, go over the findings and determine if there was any criminal element to what they find,” Galavis said.

When asked specifics about the investigation, SBOA Chief of Staff Matthew Light wrote the following:

“The State Board of Accounts can confirm that we were notified recently by county officials of irregularities they had discovered, pursuant to Indiana Code section 5-11-1-27(j). We are reviewing the matter at this time. We cannot comment further on the details based on the examination workpaper and investigation record confidentiality provisions in Indiana Code section 5-11-5-1.”

The section of state law Light referenced covers local governmental internal controls, personnel training, violations and reporting misappropriations, including losses, shortages or thefts of funds or property. 

The Herald-Press has filed a public records request to the Huntington County Board of Commissioners, but the county has not responded to that request pursuant to Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor’s note: As of deadline Friday, there is no information or evidence available that invdicates any criminal activity occurred.