Buchanan County Administrator Investigation Continues

1 decade 3 years 7 months ago Wednesday, August 30 2006 Aug 30, 2006 Wednesday, August 30, 2006 2:13:48 PM CDT August 30, 2006 in News
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ST. JOSEPH (AP) - Buchanan County has a new public administrator. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder appointed Charles Lau, a former tax auditor for the Missouri Department of Revenue, to the office yesterday. Lau is charged with cleaning up an office that has been embroiled in controversy since allegations arose that former public administrator Bonnie Sue Lawson had taken funds from her clients' accounts. Lawson resigned last week, forcing the governor's office to appoint a replacement. Otherwise, Social Security checks could not be disbursed. The public administrator acts as guardian, conservator, personal representative and representative payee for certain citizens, such as minors, the mentally incompetent and those with disabilities. Lau's appointment clears the way for the office to be put on the November ballot.

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