Roseland Clerk Faces Unemployment

Roseland’s controversial town clerk, Cheryl Gridley, is in danger of losing her job because she says her bond is being revoked effective April 20th.

Indiana law requires elected officials to be bonded and the reason behind the revocation appears to be a state audit covering 2004 and 2005.

That audit allegedly indicated that some 18-thousand dollars was missing.

Town Councilman Ted Penn wrote a letter demanding re-payment to the insurance company that issued Gridley’s bond and as a result, Penn was the target of a lawsuit filed today by the Clerk.

The lawsuit contends that the money is only missing on paper. It states that only after Penn spread false information to the contrary, did Gridley lose her bond.

“He has literally made it impossible for me to do my job in the town,” said Gridley, I'm not even sure where I stand in having a job.”

Gridley says that it has been nearly impossible to obtain bonding elsewhere, because of the revocation.

Meantime, Councilman Penn called the lawsuit, frivolous and says, “I couldn't revoke our bond, her bond, my bond, or anybody's bond,” he reasoned. “If it's revoked it's revoked by the people that hold it, based upon facts not on what somebody off the wall may say.”

Penn says the town was about to file a lawsuit of its own seeking the clerk’s removal from office for failure to perform her duties.

In March, the Clerk discontinued the practice of keeping business hours at the Town Hall.

She also hired Dorothy Snyder, a controversial former Town Council Member as a Deputy Clerk.

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