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Former official named as replacement

By Jessica Singleton

After months of audits and investigations, Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines resigned from her post.

This announcement came at the Sept. 10 Fiscal Court meeting in a letter presented to the board.

“It is with regret that I resign my job as Deputy Judge-Executive effective Sept. 5,” the letter stated.

The resignation comes after an audit discovered that Gaines had overpaid herself $14,000 during the 2006-07 fiscal year. An investigation is currently under way to discover if criminal intent existed. The results of the investigation will be presented before a grand jury.

The position of Deputy Judge-Executive will not be immediately filled. Instead, Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion said he is restructuring his office to separate responsibilities among several people.

The fiscal court hired Pam Miller as Finance Officer. O’Banion said Miller worked in his office from 1999 to April 2001 and has experience with bookkeeping and payroll.

“She is someone who can get us back on solid footing,” O’Banion said.