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Police investigate Fremont County clerk, office for 'financial discrepancies'

October 4, 2017 Updated: October 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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photo - The Fremont County Clerk's Office, which is led by Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr, is being investigated for "impropriety," according to the Canon City Police Department. Photo courtesy Fremont County.
The Fremont County Clerk's Office, which is led by Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr, is being investigated for "impropriety," according to the Canon City Police Department. Photo courtesy Fremont County. 

The Fremont County Clerk's Office is being investigated for "impropriety," reports the Cañon City Police Department.

No charges have announced, but police were executing search warrants to get more information after a preliminary investigation revealed "financial discrepancies," police said in a news release.

The announcement did not name Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr, but Cañon City Police Chief Daric Harvey called her "somebody that we are looking into." He said they're also considering who else may have been involved and to what extent.

"It's a probe to determine what exactly we're seeing," Harvey said.

He declined to discuss specifics but said the Fremont County Attorney's Office contacted police Sept. 29 related to a public records request from a news agency seeking "transactions in the clerk's office."

Financial records made it obvious there was "definitely an abnormality," Harvey said.

The FBI is helping in the investigation, he said.

Barr was hired in the office in March 2005, says a 2014 report in The Daily Record. Five years later, she was elected to take over for longtime Clerk Norma Hatfield.

In an interview with The Daily Record before Barr ran for a second term, she said her experience, knowledge and dedication made her the best candidate.

"Being in office, I feel I have learned so much and come so far," Barr was quoted as saying. "I don't know everything; I'm not perfect and I will make mistakes, but I'm always right there to tell anyone that a mistake will not be made twice."

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

Facebook: Kaitlin Durbin

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