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Sheriff's tow fund receipts not yet getting to treasurer

Board chairman says sheriff ‘working on it’

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:19 a.m. CDT
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Sheriff Michael Harn

OREGON – Expenditures from the Sheriff’s Department’s administrative tow fund are not yet going through the treasurer’s office, something the Ogle County Board now requires.

Treasurer John Coffman told the board last week that he had so far received no records from Sheriff Michael Harn.

“The sheriff is working on it,” board Chairman Kim Gouker said. “He’s been busy. His father-in-law has been in the hospital.”

In 2011, the board gave Harn wide discretion over how to spend the newly created administrative tow fund. He spent it on things such as flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at the county fair, and $4,000 for management of the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

The board in February limited the fund’s expenditures to purchases of police cars, their maintenance and equipment, and fuel. Tow fund expenditures are now required to go through the county treasurer’s office. Before, the off-budget fund had no checks and balances.

Harn did not attend last week’s meeting, which was held the day after he lost the Republican Party primary election for sheriff to Brian VanVickle, of Rochelle.

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