A change of venue has been granted by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall in the lawsuit filed by former Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork. The suit was brought about after Belork’s August 11th dismissal of her duties as treasurer of the county. Belork was relieved of her duties by the County Commissioners after a state audit reported financial discrepancies. According to a later commissioner’s report, some of the discrepancies have been cleared up by the Auditor’s office.
Ethan Lowe, Belork’s attorney, asked for a change of venue from Starke County. Representing the County in the matter is attorney, Martin Lucas.
After each attorney struck counties from the possible location for the case, Jasper County was selected October 6th. Judge Hall told WKVI Tuesday that he sent the full transcript to Jasper County on October 7th. To date, the case has not been assigned to a particular court, or judge to hear the arguments.
Currently, the Starke County Treasurer’s office is being run by two interim Deputy Treasurers Casey Clark and Michelle Snowdon.