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Clark County

July 19, 2013

Clark County commissioners officially ‘hire’ corrections director

Commissioners call for punitive action against chief probation officer



Mason and Ford had clashed because Ford had ordered Mason to alter the time sheet of a community corrections employee to include hours that Mason said the employee did not work. The commissioners said they found that to be the more appalling aspect of the incident. 

“Mr. Mason was more right in denying the order than Henry was in giving it,” said Commissioner Rick Stephenson. 

“To me, that is the more serious matter,” Commissioner John Perkins said. 

Perkins recommended that the letter be more punitive in nature. Stephenson motioned that the two letters to Mason be approved, but the letter to Ford be tabled so that the language could be reworked to include the “sternest of warnings.” 

The motion passed unanimously. 



Reading from a prepared statement at the beginning of the meeting, Stephenson said that July 8 it was brought to the attention of the commissioners by engineering firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz that “funds had been inappropriately been misdirected by the previous administration from hosting fees at the Clark-[Floyd] Landfill.”

“A portion of the quarterly revenues that are reimbursed to the county were deducted, and the full amount was not distributed to the county to be applied to the proper fund,” Stephenson said. “This action has been halted immediately and the proper authorities have been notified. Those authorities will decide on any further action to be taken.” 

Stephenson said that among the authorities notified were the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Board of Accounts and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. The commissioners declined to answer any further questions, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. 



The commissioners decided to table a proposal from Neace Lukens representatives Barbara Swank-Gallegos and Edward “Pepper” Cooper to renew two insurance policies. 

Cooper is the agent of record for the county’s worker’s compensation and property, casualty and general liability insurance policies. The price for the renewal proposed by Neace Lukens would be $333,350 for property, casualty and general liability, and $314,000 for the worker’s compensation policy. 

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