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Town of Rome to explore options after town clerk caught forging documents

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By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel. By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

TOWN OF ROME, Wis. (WSAU) - Town officials in Rome will be meeting tonight to potentially find a replacement clerk.

Current clerk Deena Griffin was arrested last week after she was caught using police department funds to pay for her personal utility bill. According to court documents, Griffin altered her utility bill and then issued a town check for it. Town officials discovered the fraud after reviewing city checks.

Town officials go into closed session tonight to discuss the issue and possibly find a replacement candidate, and then vote on the matter in open session "based on the temporary unavailability of the elected town clerk.”

Under state law, only a circuit court judge or a recall election can remove an elected clerk from office.

Griffin currently faces charges of misconduct in office, forgery and theft, and is free on a $5,000 signature bond.

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