- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) - A top Clayton County official is set to meet with an Iowa Attorney General’s Office investigator to discuss concerns about a county auditor’s continued absence.

The Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1PG456x ) reports that auditor Dennis Freitag has been out of his office since the end of June. He says his terminally-ill wife requires constant supervision and frequent out-of-town trips for dialysis treatments, but he works from home when he can.

Chairman of the County Supervisors Gary Bowden claims the auditor’s staff is not trained to continue working in Freitag’s absence, and officials say financial reports and other duties are not being completed.

In October, county supervisors directed County Attorney Alan Heavens to ask the state to initiate an investigation into Freitag’s situation.

Freitag said that he has not been contacted about the investigation, even though he knew his supervisors were considering it.

“My attorney said I’ve done nothing wrong,” he said.

County supervisors said they were supportive of Freitag taking time to take care of his wife, and board members agreed to hire a temporary deputy auditor for 90 days at Freitag’s request. According to Bowden, the temporary auditor is set to leave next week.

“We said 90 days with the thought that in 90 days, he should be … ready to come back to work,” said supervisor Larry Gibbs.

According to Bowden, the state office will determine whether to ask a judge to remove Freitag from office once the attorney general’s inquiry in complete.

Geoff Greenwood, communications director for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, said he could not discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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