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Auditor Stewart discovers several errors in the 2023 Salary Ordinance by previous auditor

LAWRENCE COUNTY- JANUARY 24,2024 - During the first meeting of the Lawrence County in 2024 newly appointed Lawrence County Auditor Paula Stewart pointed out that she has discovered several errors in the 2023 Salary ordinance.

Lawrence County Auditor Paula Stewart

There were several typography errors and transitional errors that will need to be corrected and updated by the next county council meeting according to Lawrence County Council President Jeff Lytton.

Lawrence County Council members 2024

Some of the errors include miscalculations with some county employees receiving their raises and other county employees who did not.

" The initial intent of the salary ordinance was to give county employees a four percent raise and that calculation was not done properly. We want a document to match what we brought from 2023 to 2024," said newly appointed Auditor Paula Stewart.

The county council authorized Stewart to make those corrections due to the numerous errors and miscalculations which council members will be updated at the next county council meeting.

Former Lawrence County Auditor Jessica Staggs

Former Auditor Jessica Staggs was removed from her position back in December 2023, and officially resigned from her office a couple weeks following including as Vice-Chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Party.

The Indiana Attorney Generals Office has not released any information on what prompted Staggs resignation. Both State of Indiana and County Officials have not released any information the situation for two months even though Staggs was an elected public official.

The media has not been given any official response on the issues surrounding the Lawrence County Auditors office.

Lawrence County Zephyr has reached out to the Indiana Attorney General Office for a response in regards to the matter who is normally responsible for any criminal or civil actions by government employees.

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