HARRIS, Iowa | A special state auditor's investigation has identified $12,758 of improper or undocumented disbursements in local taxpayer funds to a former city clerk in Harris, Iowa.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman said the spending by former city clerk Robin Baumgarn occurred between July 1, 2011, and September 30, 2014.
The findings were the result of a special investigation called by the Harris City Council after allegations had surfaced that Baumgarn misspent funds.
According to the 32-page report released Thursday, the improper and unsupported disbursements identified by state auditors included self payments to Baumgarn for $2,682 and $561. Other improper payments included $7,345 to the city's former water superintendent Vic McKenna, who at the time, served on the City Council. A payment of $150 also was issued to city treasurer Dixie McKenna.
The report recommended the city strengthen internal city operations and dividing duties currently held by the city clerk. It also recommended all disbursements be presented to the City Council for final approval.
Harris, an Osceola County town of about 170 people, is about 95 miles northeast of Sioux City.