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Huntington Co. employees fired; State Bd. of Accounts looking into possible mishandling of funds

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) – Two Huntington County department heads are without jobs.

Why were they fired, and why are state officials looking into the county’s books?

Information is sketchy, but we’ve learned that on the same day in mid-April, Matt Taylor, who headed up the IT department for Huntington city and county governments, and his wife Melissa Taylor, director of the county’s public safety dispatch department, were both fired.

“Our role was strictly terminating the two employees, for good cause,” said Huntington County Commissioner Rob Miller.

Miller told us he couldn’t say much more about an ongoing investigation and personnel issue.

He wouldn’t confirm, for instance, if the matter had to do with missing money.

But when we asked how concerns came to the attention of local officials, we got this response.

“The county auditor had seen a couple of things that threw up a red flag and that’s all I’m at liberty to say right now,” Miller said.

The state of Indiana is now taking a lead role in trying to get more answers.

“Every year you have the State Board of Accounts come in and audit your books, and so they’re looking at it right now too,” Miller said.

We’ve requested from the Huntington County Commissioners any disciplinary records that might exist for Matt and Melissa Taylor.

Depending upon the findings of the State Board of Accounts probe, the Indiana State Police could be directed to begin gathering evidence, to see if criminal charges would be warranted.

The Taylors started their employment with Huntington County government in 2005.

At the time of this report, we had not been able to reach the Taylors for comment and the State Board of Accounts had not responded to a request for information.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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