- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against the former Webster County assessor who was fired early this year.

The Messenger reports (https://bit.ly/29n3ZSc ) that the Iowa Attorney General’s office declined to charge Jeanette Thanupakorn (tuh-NOOP’-uh-gahn). She had been accused of destroying public files and refusing to hand over a recording she made.

Thanupakorn said she felt vindicated by the decision.

“I knew I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.

Thanupakorn was fired because officials said she didn’t help appeal a state-ordered 38 percent increase in commercial property values.

When she had access to her office, Thanupakorn deleted some files on her computer. But no county files were lost and technicians were able to recover most of what was deleted.

Officials also said Thanupakorn refused to give the county a recording she made of the meeting when she was initially fired.

Special Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown said it appears the files that were deleted were personal photos and documents that Thanupakorn had created.

“There is insufficient evidence that any public documents were destroyed and no evidence that there was any hindrance to any county official or department by the actions of Ms. Thanupakorn,” Brown said.


Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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