(Brookville, Ind.) - An elected leader in Franklin County is missing in action, and it’s costing the county money.
On Monday, the Franklin County Commissioners expressed interest in having county auditor Erica Hudson removed for neglect of office.
The problem dates back to the beginning of the summer, when Hudson began making infrequent appearances in her office in Brookville. As of Monday, she had not been in for over a month and has become unreachable by phone.
Hudson had told Commissioner Tom Linkel about a month ago that she would be taking medical leave.
The auditor’s absence became even more serious when a mailed notice from the IRS sat unopened on her desk for weeks during the summer. Eventually, it led to a $4,000 fine against the county.
"It is Erica's fault that our county has been fined $4,000 and the county needs to be reimbursed either from Erica personally or her bonding company," Linkel said, according to the Franklin County Observer.
County Attorney John Worth told commissioners that the Franklin County Prosecutors Office is investigating the matter to see if anything can be done to get the auditor’s office successfully operating again.
Eventually, commissioners motioned to recover that money from Hudson and to begin a petition seeking Hudson’s resignation from the office.
In Indiana, county auditors have the responsibility of maintaining property records, handling deductions and exemptions, collection and distribution of taxes, and administering tax laws on the local level.