Removal of Monona County auditor sought

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — The Monona County attorney is seeking the removal from office of the county auditor, who faces drug charges.

County Supervisor Tim Jessen said Thursday that the County Board asked County Attorney Michael Jensen to file the petition against Brooke Kuhlmann.

Jessen says the reasons for her removal include Kuhlmann’s absences from work since her arrest. A hearing on the matter is set for Dec. 20.

Kuhlmann has pleaded not guilty to two drug misdemeanors: possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer in late July.

Kuhlmann was elected auditor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

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