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Auditor demands chancery clerk repay county for salaries

May 14, 2019 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi auditor says a chancery clerk failed to reimburse a county for some employees’ salaries from 2015 to 2018.

Auditor Shad White issued a letter Tuesday demanding that Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop pay more than $165,000 to the county. That is nearly $126,000 for the salaries, plus interest and recovery costs.

Chancery clerks in Mississippi are paid from fees collected by their office. They are supposed to either pay their employees from the fees or reimburse the county for the employees’ salaries.

The auditor says Lincoln County supervisors approved payments for those salaries, but Bishop did not repay the county. The office is demanding that five current or former supervisors reimburse the county after they approved money for a bookkeeper who worked for Bishop.