June 16, 2016
On June 23, 2015 the following post was published by TWG—
Sherry Braley was arrested the week of June 23, 2015 for theft by deception, a felony. The amount of money in question is in excess of $15,000 and was taken from the Planning & Zoning office. There has also been speculation that more money was missing from Animal Control, which is also under the P&Z Director.
After the FY15 (as of 6/30/15) audit presentation earlier this month, the BOC was asked just when Sherry Braley was going to be indicted by the Grand Jury.
Comm. Trammell answered that the DA did try to get a Grand Jury “last week” (the last week in May), and they couldn’t get enough jurors. (They needed 16.) Sheriff Pope confirmed that answer saying some of the grand jurors had moved out of the county since February, when they were called to serve.
The FY15 audit did have another finding about this matter. (The following is copied from the FY15 audit.)
–Planning & Zoning—Missing Government Funds (2015-005), with the explanation “additional information is not available due to pending matters with the criminal investigation.” It also says “Former management did not enforce the County’s cash handling policies. Former management’s lack of involvement and monitoring contributed to this issue.”
Unless a special session of the Grand Jury is called, the next Grand Jury will meet in August 2016.