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Shelly Ashley-Palmertree remains Warren County Circuit Clerk

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© Shelly Ashley-Palmertree   (Source: Vicksburg Post) © Shelly Ashley-Palmertree (Source: Vicksburg Post)
WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Shelly Ashley-Palmertree remains in the office as Warren County Circuit Clerk despite County Supervisors' attempts to have her removed for failure to acquire bonding.  

Monday a judge granted a temporary restraining order, blocking Supervisors efforts. Ashley-Palmertree has a court date July 16 at which time she will have to show the court she is bonded.

Earlier Monday The Warren County Board of Supervisors issued an order declaring the Circuit Clerk's office vacant after Ashley-Palmertree could not secure a bond. State Law requires bond for elected officials.

"We had already started the process of removing changing the locks getting bank accounts frozen. All that had to be stopped at that moment, after we changed the locks we ended up giving her the new keys," said District 2 Supervisor William Banks.

"All the monies and everything that goes through her office it's already a liability we've already asked for a couple of her bond money," says District 2 Supervisor William Banks.

District Four Supervisor Bill Lauderdale said the board appointed County Administrator John Smith as interim Circuit Clerk, but a judge overturned the supervisors' actions.

Supervisors and State Auditor Stacy Pickering have ordered Palmertree to repay more than a half a million dollars in improper salary and subcontractor payments.

"That's foundation in protecting the integrity of any local government, any state agency so the fact that she is allowed to stay in office without a bond is a great concern to us," says Pickering.

"It just don't look good for the citizens of Warren County. So what kind of precedent is this sending to everybody if you do something wrong you can still stay in office?", Banks added.

Pickering, in a statement released Monday, said he will wait on the court's ruling.

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