- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State Police say they’ve been asked to investigate allegations of political misconduct in the Fort Wayne city clerk’s office.

City Clerk Sandy Kennedy resigned last month amid accusations she threatened employees if they didn’t support the election campaign of Deputy City Clerk Angie Davis for city clerk. Sgt. Ron Galaviz said Monday that the Allen County prosecutor’s office had asked Indiana State Police to look into the allegations.

Galaviz said that because the allegations deal with public officials, state police have to follow certain policies before it takes on an investigation.

The prosecutor’s office said it received a request for a formal investigation into the allegations Friday. The Indiana State Board of Accounts has also received a complaint and contacted the prosecutor’s office and state police Monday, WANE-TV (https://bit.ly/1NpeWl2 ) reports.

Andy Shank, director of special investigations at the State Board of Accounts, said most of the Board of Accounts’ investigations end up as joint operations with outside law enforcement. There are many factors to consider before an investigation can be deemed active, he said.

“Often times, we don’t know the scope of what we’re getting into until we’re fully involved in the investigation,” Shank said.

An attorney for Kennedy said she was resigned because of health reasons. Davis also resigned, and her name is still on the ballot for Tuesday’s election. She says she would serve if elected.

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