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MC Weekly

January 15, 2014

Commissioners request police investigation into recorder

Weaver files protective order against Hamman.

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Commissioner Larry West said the investigation into last month’s confrontation will help determine what really happened and if any false statements were made in the petitions.

People who file a protection order request have to take a sworn oath that all the information in the request is true and correct. Lying under oath is perjury.

“I think we need to get to the bottom of this,” West said. “It reflects bad on Commissioner Hamman, and it reflects bad on all of us. We just want to know if there’s any truth to those accusations and move on. It’s disruptive to the courthouse and the morale here.”

Weaver said Monday she welcomed the investigation and stood by all her statements in the petition.

“The truth is the truth, and I have no problem with it,” she said. “… [The commissioners] are targeting us. That needs to stop. They need to move on. They don’t like us because we question things. If we feel like someone has been treated unfairly, we say something.”

In a written statement, Francis said the petitions made “very harsh accusations.”

“This type of action should not be happening within our county government,” he wrote. “This investigation will hopefully allow us to know exactly what happened and how to address our problems within the workings of our local government.”

This isn’t the first time commissioners have butted heads with the Recorder’s office.

In October, commissioners banned Trexler from sending emails on courthouse computers after they say she personally attacked other courthouse workers from her official county email address.

Francis said Trexler and Weaver were told twice in more than a year to stop sending offensive emails, but they continued to do so.

“The emails they send out do nothing but bad-mouth people,” he said in an earlier interview. “That’s not what the email system is for. It’s for business.”

Weaver said commissioners have unfairly targeted her office and don’t punish other county employees who criticize officials in emails.

“They’ve tried to turn this around on us to make us look like the bad guy,” she said. “They made much ado about nothing.”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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