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July 31, 2012

Panel removes ‘county’ label from disputed sheriff’s account

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A sheriff’s fund that has been the center of some controversy between the Jasper County Commission and Sheriff Archie Dunn is no longer on the county books.

The fund can no longer use the name Jasper County or the county’s tax number, based on a commission vote Tuesday.

The action came after Norman Rouse, assistant prosecutor and attorney for the commission, reviewed receipts and expenditures from the fund during the commission’s meeting.

Rouse had questioned the fund after Dunn used it to reimburse the county for costs of a commemorative coin that was used to raise money for a local breast cancer group. A bill of just over $3,000 was paid by the county for the coins, which were promoted  on the website for Dunn’s re-election campaign.

 Dunn said the bill was submitted by mistake. But the county as refused to accept the check sent as reimbursement because it comes from an account funded by private donations and used for, among other things, a program in which deputies take low-income youngsters shopping at Christmastime.

 He said Bill Fleischaker, attorney for Dunn, agreed with him that the fund should not be a county account. He said Fleischaker has said a separate charitable fund will be created.

 

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