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Town of Rome board considers naming temporary clerk

Town of Rome police squad car (Photo by: townofrome.com)
Town of Rome police squad car (Photo by: townofrome.com)

ROME, WI (WTAQ) - A town board in central Wisconsin is scheduled Monday night to consider naming a temporary town clerk. 

That's after the elected clerk was arrested last week for alleged embezzlement. 

The Adams County sheriff said it might be awhile before Rome Town Clerk Deena Griffin can face charges his department is seeking -- theft, forgery, and misconduct in public office. 

The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune dug up court records showing that Griffin had altered a $610 personal utility bill, marked it to make look like the town police force approved the payment, and then issued a town check that she reportedly cashed. 

Records showed that the town board found the discrepancy and sought an investigation. Monday evening, the board says it will consider candidates for what it calls a, "temporary town clerk, based on the temporary unavailability of the elected clerk." 

Griffin, the elected clerk, cannot legally be removed from office except by a judge or by the voters in a recall election.  

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