Four Of The Five Current & Former City Officials Charged In Armstrong Corruption Investigation Are Free After Posting Bond

Fri 2-19-2021

(Armstrong)-- Four of the five current and former Armstrong city officials arrested in a corruption investigation have been released from jail after posting bond.

Online records show Mayor Greg Buum, Police Chief Craig Merrill and former City Clerks Connie Thackery and Mary "Kate" Staton were released earlier this week. Another suspect, current City Clerk Tracie Lang, was still in the Dickinson county jail as of earlier today (Fri.). 

According to Emmet County Sheriff's Office, the over 20 total charges facing these officials comes from a multi-year investigation led by the sheriff's office and Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigation, which followed a special investigation by the State Auditor.

Some of the charges include the misappropriation of city funds, the presentation of fraudulent public records and the falsification of ledgers to conceal embezzlement.

Because of a conflict of interest on the part of the Emmet County Attorney, the Iowa Attorney General's Office will prosecute these cases.

(Photo courtesy news partner KTIV in Sioux City)