The Starke County Precinct Committee persons have been notified that the Democrat party has decided to permanently replace Linda Belork in the office of Starke County Treasurer. Belork was removed as Treasurer on August 11th by the Starke County Commissioners because of a state audit that pointed out financial discrepancies. The county also filed suit against the bonding company, Ohio Casualty, which subsequently canceled Mrs. Belork’s bond.
In October, it was announced that the discrepancies had been found by Starke County Auditor, Kay Chaffins. Casey Clark and Michelle Snowdon were appointed by the county officials to keep the office open and to conduct business on a day-to-day basis.
Belork has since filed a lawsuit in the matter and the case will be heard in Jasper County in a change of venue.
The caucus will be held at the Knox Community Center on Thursday, December 1st, at 7:00 p.m. CT, for the purpose of electing a replacement.
If you are interested in being a candidate for Starke County Treasurer, you must be a Starke County resident and you must have resided in Starke County for at least one year. A Declaration of Candidacy form must be filed with the County Chairman, Kenny Wallace, 72 hours before the caucus. The declaration must be submitted to the County Clerk, and Wallace is asking for a stamped filed copy be sent to him at 5175 East 200 South, Knox, IN, 46534.