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Dodge County assessor arrested, charged with theft following resignation

Dodge County assessor arrested, charged with theft following resignation

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The Dodge County assessor has been arrested and charged with theft, following her resignation amid allegations of incompetence.

Brittny King is charged with two counts of theft by deception and two counts of unauthorized use of a transaction device. The charges are misdemeanors.

King is accused of using the county credit card to fill up personal vehicles, Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass said. The alleged incidents happened in July and August.

Glass said he will determine whether to assign a special prosecutor to the case.

“Because she was a county employee and obviously I worked with her at least in some capacity,” Glass said.

County Board chairman Bob Missel said complaints about King’s work have been building for some time: that she was rarely in her office, that her filings to the state were often late or contained errors, that her employees lacked confidence in her ability to run the office.

“Clearly, administratively, she failed,” he said.

The final straw came when King missed several key filing deadlines for property assessments, board member Dan Weddle said.

Wednesday, Weddle read into the record a list of grievances against King. Then the board asked for, and received, her resignation, effective immediately.

“We’ve been patient,” Weddle said. “After a while, though, your patience just runs out.”

Until 2013, Dodge County was among the handful of Nebraska counties in which state officials administered property assessments, Missel said. The board appointed King to the position in 2013, after the state returned those duties to the county, and she was elected to a four-year term in November.

“We thought we had a pretty good candidate,” Weddle said.

Phone messages left for King were not returned Wednesday.

Board members and Glass met Wednesday with Ruth Sorensen, the state’s property tax administrator, to figure out their next step.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1216, cody.winchester@owh.com, twitter.com/cody_winchester

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