Callaway County collector resigns, office temporarily closed

8 months 1 day 22 hours ago Thursday, March 15 2018 Mar 15, 2018 Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:59:00 PM CDT March 15, 2018 in News
By: Samantha Bowers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Photo: Callaway County Official Website

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Collector, Pam J. Oestreich, resigned Thursday amid questions about suspicious activity on a county checking account.

According to a release from Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson, he met with officials from Central Bank after bank employees noted the strange activity. Wilson said he notified Sheriff Clay Chism, and together they immediately informed the FBI.

After the issue was brought to the attention of the FBI, Oestreich met with the sheriff and Presiding County Commissioner Gary Jungermann to announce her resignation, effective immediately. The county commission voted unanimously to accept Oestreich's resignation. 

Denise Hubbard, the county clerk, has taken charge of tax records from the collector's Office. Hubbard will appoint a representative to audit the tax records, and anticipates the help of the Missouri state auditor's office.

While the audit is processed, the county collector's office has been temporarily closed. County officials will reopen the office as soon as possible. In the meantime, the commission will work with the county clerk to assure the needs of citizens in the area are still met. 

Wilson said all employees of the county collector's office are complying with officials during the audit process. The county commission will work with the governor's office to appoint a new Callaway county collector. 

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