Auditor employee arrested

By John Estridge, Editor

Troubles for Franklin County Auditor Erica Hudson continue.

After missing a couple of months, Hudson has been in her office for a couple of weeks. However, on Tuesday, Nov. 13 she hired a part-time employee, Chadwick Sexton.

Although Hudson said she never met Sexton prior to hiring him on Nov. 13, police authorities said he was arrested at her apartment at Riverfront Apartments Wednesday evening, Nov. 14.

Authorities learned there was a felony warrant out for Sexton's arrest originating from Knox County in southwestern Indiana.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Deputy Gregory Mehlbauer and Brookville Police Officer Jeremy Noah found Sexton at Hudson's Brookville apartment on Wednesday evening, where he was arrested without incident.

Sexton's warrant was for Receiving Stolen Property/Theft, Operating a Vehicle Without Ever Being Licensed and a probation violation.

He was held in the Franklin County Security Center until transported to Knox County. Due to the probation violation, there was no bail allowed.

Hudson said on Monday, Nov. 19, Sexton was not arrested at her apartment.

She said he put his resume in during January. She went over resumes after her first deputy Veronica Voelker was elected as the county treasurer on election night. She will be leaving the auditor's office on Dec. 31 and taking over her new office on Jan. 1, 2013.

Current part-time employee Debbie Richardson will become the first deputy when Voelker leaves, Hudson said.

She had conducted interviews earlier in the year, but this time, Sexton was the only one she interviewed. She thought he was from Connersville, and she did not know him before he interviewed with her, she said.

When police said they arrested Sexton at Hudson's apartment Wednesday, Hudson said she was attending church with her daughters. She said she did not know he was at her apartment.

Although she did not do a background check on Sexton, and it is not required by the county, she said she may do background checks in the future.

Sexton's position is now open, and she will hire another person to replace him.

Hudson has been in her office very sporadically since August. She attended a public meeting that included a quorum of county council members and all three county commissioners on a proposed establishment of a Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 7, but did not take any minutes. Those were taken by the county commission secretary Carol Westerman, who audio taped the meeting. Taking minutes for commissioner and county council meetings are part of the auditor's duties as prescribed by Indiana Code.