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Personnel board clears Scottsboro city court clerk

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The board voted in favor of Scottsboro municipal clerk Caroline Starr. The board voted in favor of Scottsboro municipal clerk Caroline Starr.
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

A Scottsboro city court clerk suspended amid a state investigation into missing city funds has been cleared.

Friday, the personnel board entered its ruling after a hearing Thursday evening.

The court clerk is relieved by the board's decision. She was suspended for three weeks without pay.

On Friday, she picked up a check for three weeks pay.

The board voted in favor of Scottsboro municipal clerk Caroline Starr.

A letter from the city confirmed the incident was wiped from her record and that she would be given 15 days worth of pay she lost.

The mayor suspended Starr, claiming she lied to the ABI about filing bankruptcy, lied to city officials, and failed to follow proper procedure when making daily deposits. The mayor felt that those issues led to someone else stealing more than $12,000 in city funds.

During her hearing, Starr's attorney said the ABI never asked their client some key questions, and there never was a written procedure for daily deposits.

"The mayor can say what he's been told by this one and that one, but what you have to go on is the evidence that was presented.  And what we presented you were two judges who were Caroline's supervisors that said nobody even told them what the policy was that she was supposed to be following.  They never heard of it and she violated no policy to their knowledge," said Starr's attorney Jayson Carroll.

"The personnel board has ruled in  favor of Mrs. Starr.  We have an avenue in place for employees to appeal disciplinary actions.  I will always support the right of the appeals process for our employees.  Mrs. Starr's suspension has been removed from her personnel file and her pay reinstated from the suspension she served," said Mayor Melton Potter.

He said the matter is closed, and they have moved on.

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