DA drops criminal charges against LP village clerk

"Ms. McKillip had indicated that if there were funds due the village she would make that settlement," Randall said. He added that if that failed, the village could file a civil suit to attempt to recover the funds.

The other thing Randall said he wants is an explanation.

"Frankly one of the things I am looking for here is for the clerk to step up to the plate and say, 'this is my explanation.'"

If the board isn't satisfied, Randall said it could decide to appoint another clerk.

"If we don't get a satisfactory conclusion here I still have the opportunity to either reappoint her or appoint someone else," Randall said. "I'll keep that opportunity until we're satisfied that we've concluded this."

Randall acknowledged that village government is partly to blame for the fiasco. He pointed to lax oversight as the main culprit.

Now he's focused on making sure protocols are put in place that prevent a similar mishap from happening again.

"It's up to this board and this mayor to put in place policies and to put the right people in the right positions to make sure this does not happen again," Randall said. "It goes beyond the clerk."

Randall said those measures include a plan to hire an independent auditor and an assistant accountant to help keep the village's fiscal house in order.

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