New details in the case against Kuttawa’s former city clerk and her husband

KUTTAWA, KY — A former local city clerk and her husband will be in court on Thursday facing several charges.

 

Katie Harrison and Clayton Harrison/ Credit: Lyon County Herald Ledger

Kuttawa’s former city clerk Katie Harrison was on the run after Kentucky State Police started investigating missing money. She is accused of stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars from the city of Kuttawa and faces 24 counts of forgery.

 

Her husband, Clayton Harrison, is facing 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The Harrisons are in jail in Sevier County, Tennessee. That’s near Gatlinburg. That’s where Katie turned herself in after Clayton was pulled over at a traffic stop. 

Why are they in Tennessee? Affidavits show that Katie has been staying at the same place in Sevierville, Tennessee, since 2016, but Clayton gave a different address to police. Local 6’s Leah Shields researched property records and did not find either of their names or those addresses on record.

What’s next for their case if they are in Tennessee? Kentucky State Police are trying to extradite them but Katie and Clayton have refused. McCracken County District Judge Todd Jones says extradition is a common process.

“They are given the opportunity to waive extradition. That means they will voluntarily come back to Kentucky to face those charges. They are not saying they are guilty of them. They are just the person wanted by Kentucky. If they will not waive extradition, then the county or commonwealth’s attorney office has the opportunity to petition our governor to issue a governor’s warrant.”

Judge Jones says the governor’s warrant needs to be done within 60 days or the judge in Tennessee can release them. There is a chance the Harrisons could waive their extradition in court on Thursday and make the process easier.

Mayor Elect Jimmy Campbell (photo from The Herald Ledger)

Since this all came about, the people of Kuttawa elected a new Mayor. Mayor-elect Jimmy Campbell won’t comment directly on the case, but he says that when he begins his term in January, he will work to prevent something like this from happening again.

“We have taken a little time to analyze the problems that we have and we have determined that our audits have to be formalized,” Campbell said. “Time is of the essence as it’s concerned. We’ve told the folks doing those that they need to do whatever it takes to get it done.”

Katie Harrison also is charged with writing a worthless check back in 2016 in Sevier County, Tennessee. It’s a misdemeanor. The affidavit says she wrote a bad check for 139 dollars to First Med Medical Clinic in Tennessee in April of 2016. For some reason, she’s just now being charged with this.

Katie and Clayton will be in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Details of their charges will come out when their arrest warrants are served. Kentucky State Police spokesperson Jay Thomas says they will be served once the Harrisons are back in Kentucky.

For more on this story, make sure to like Leah Shields on Facebook.

Related Links:
KSP working to extradite former Kuttawa City Clerk
Missing former Kuttawa city clerk reportedly in custody in East Tennessee
No answers from city leaders on missing former Kuttawa city clerk, missing
Kuttawa leaders alert state police to ‘financial irregularities’

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