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Chandler names new clerk/treasurer

A democratic caucus was held at Chandler Police Department, and after a vote, town council woman Kathy Lemmons was named the town's next clerk/treasurer. A democratic caucus was held at Chandler Police Department, and after a vote, town council woman Kathy Lemmons was named the town's next clerk/treasurer.
CHANDLER, IN (WFIE) -

The Town of Chandler has a new clerk/treasurer on Tuesday night. 

Former Clerk Tim Osha resigned the position in October amid allegations he stole town money and mismanaged funds.

A democratic caucus was held at Chandler Police Department, and after a vote, town council woman Kathy Lemmons was named the town's next clerk/treasurer.

It's now up to her to get this city's accounts back on track.

"Really, the first thing I think we need to bring back is the integrity to the office, bring back the honesty.  Make it transparent because that's where I think we really failed in the past," Lemmons said.

Lemmons says she's prepared to take over Chandler's books after an alleged accounting scandal that led to a criminal investigation.

"I'm nervous. This is a new area for me, but like I said, I truly believe in this town. I really believe we can take it in the right direction," Lemmons told 14 News.

Indiana State Police say a search of former clerk and treasurer Tim Osha's home in October turned up computers, a TV, an iPad and guns, all allegedly bought with town funds.

Something Town Council President Brian Lucas and others are hoping they can soon put behind them.

"It's a trust issue. You've got to be able to look down the table at the clerk/treasurer and know the numbers you're getting from them are accurate and where you are because if you're not, you're flying blind," Lucas said. 

Lucas says he's expecting the results of a state audit to be released any day. The report could show how much money Osha is accused of keeping for himself.

"It's going to finalize the numbers, our losses and then we'll know how to proceed," Lucas told 14 News.

Warrick County Democratic Chairman Terry White lead the caucus Tuesday night between two candidates.

Lemmons says she's ready to start her new position and right the ship, she says, has been thrown so far off course.

"Hopefully, all that will be turned around and you won't hear anything more about the clerk/treasurer," Lemmons said. 

Lucas says the council is considering a move to bump their bond protection from the current $30,000 to $300,000.

Osha has not been arrested or charged, but 14 News is told the case is now in the hands of the Warrick County Prosecutor.

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