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Metzger resigns

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

A township trustee who was accused of misusing taxpayers’ money has resigned.

Sheila Metzger submitted her resignation from Fairmount Township Trustee on Friday, according to the Grant County clerk.

Grant County GOP chair Darren Reese said officials are in the process of notifying the precinct committee of Metzger’s resignation.

They will hold a caucus on Aug. 26 to determine who will finish out Metzger’s term, which will end in 2022.

“Folks will have the opportunity to present themselves. … It’s the most grassroots mechanism for a party,” Reese said.

Metzger was first appointed as township trustee on Aug. 11, 2016.

She ran again, unopposed, in 2018.

Over the more than two years in this role, Metzger misused $38,710.53, according to reports from the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA).

An SBOA audit found that there were no controls in place to prevent misuse of funds. Metzger was “the sole person responsible for all financial processes,” according to reports.

Including special investigation costs, SBOA requested that Metzger reimburse the township a total of $56,628.63.

At some point during that time, Metzger also failed to renew a worker’s compensation insurance policy for Fairmount Township firefighters.

It’s unclear how long firefighters went without insurance or why the policy was not renewed.

Members of the Fairmount Township Advisory Board previously said they planned to have a “much closer working relationship” with the trustee moving forward.

No charges have been filed as of deadline Monday.

The Chronicle-Tribune reached out to Sheila Metzger, but she declined to comment.