Saline County Board votes to press charges against county clerk

SALINE COUNTY, IL – A county board has decided to pursue charges against their county clerk.

That decision came after the Saline County Board released a forensic audit in January that showed Kim Buchanan mishandled more than $1 million dollars.

Ellis McEwan has been attending Saline County Board meetings for the past six months. He said he is frustrated by the way Saline County Clerk Kim Buchanan is doing her job.

“The situation is there is no confidence in the county clerk,” said McEwan.

During the meeting, the board voted to pursue charges against Buchanan for a second time for turning in questionable reports.  She could possibly be held in contempt of court.

“It’s a very sad situation. Communication could have stopped this months ago,” said board member Stephen Karns.

Buchanan did not attend the meeting. Instead, she sent a representative from her office. Karns said the board is doing what they feel is right.

“When you have 13 members on a board that all vote unanimously, it’s not political,” said Karns.

“I’m not a judge. I’m not a lawyer, but I know there is a lot of talk, and that audit says a lot,” said Mcewan.

Until the county board and the clerk get on the same page, voters are left uneasy. Buchanan declined to speak with us. The state’s attorney has sought counsel from Williamson County. They will appoint a special prosecutor to take the case before a judge for the second time.

Several months ago, Buchanan signed an agreed order to provide monthly reports. The board said those reports haven’t balanced in 18 months.

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