Investigation Of Former Jo Co Assessor's Office Closed

Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock
Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock

Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock, in a media release Monday morning, said the investigation into the former Johnson County Assessor's office has now been closed and no charges will be filed.

The investigation, the release said, stemmed from current assessor Cindy Roger's findings of irregularities in the accounts of two county employees.

Certain records required by the State Archives could not be located, and the investigation concluded there was a lack of internal controls in the previous assessor's office to prevent employees from changing values of their own properties. The release said, “attributes regarding the properties of two county employees showed a significant number of changes prior to 2011” (when current assessor Rogers took office). Indications are that the changes were made by the property owner/employee, but that could not be conclusively determined, according to the release.

After investigations by the Buffalo Police Department, the State Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Department of Audit along with the county attorney, it was determined that there was not enough evidence to initiate criminal proceedings and the case is now closed, according to DeCock.

DeCock declined to comment further on the matter.

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