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Ogle County Board member disputes report of comments

Meyers: Sheriff always knows where money is spent

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

OREGON – An Ogle County Board member said Tuesday that his comments were not accurately portrayed in an article that appeared Dec. 14 in Sauk Valley Weekend.

Lee Meyers of Byron was among several County Board members who were interviewed last week for an article about credit card expenditures made by Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn.

The article reported:

“Lee Meyers, a member of the County Board and County Security Committee, said he had asked Harn about individual purchases in the past, most of the time for bigger charges, he said, but wasn’t aware of the lunch training.”

Meyers told fellow board members Tuesday night that his comments were not accurately represented in the article.

“I’ve asked him [Harn] about some of the charges, but I didn’t say ‘bigger charges,’” Meyers said after the meeting. “They didn’t publish what I said; they took a piece of what I said. I feel it was taken out of context.”

Meyers, who is a member of the Security Committee, which oversees the sheriff’s department, said that when he has asked Harn about expenditures, the sheriff always knows where the money was spent and what was purchased.

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