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Fremont County Commissioners ask County Clerk Katie Barr to resign

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Fremont County Commissioners issue a “no confidence” vote in Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr Tuesday morning.

Barr was arrested last month for embezzling public funds, check fraud, harassment, and witness intimidation. 

Per state statute, Barr will continue to collect her $72,500 salary unless she is recalled, convicted of a crime or voluntarily resigns. 

Investigators say over a six year time period, Barr had written county checks to cover insufficient funds in her family's personal and business bank accounts. 

This investigation was launched after News 5 submitted an open records request seeking financial documents from the clerk's office back in 2017. As a result of our inquiry, the county attorney discovered financial discrepancies and turned over records to the Cañon City Police Department and FBI. 

After Barr found out about the investigation, she allegedly threatened county employees and DMV workers with termination and lawsuits if they spoke up. 

"I believe Katie is a good person at heart," Commissioner Debbie Bell said. "I feel very bad for what she's going through. I feel bad for what her family is going through, but I feel even worse for what her employees and the public in general are going through at this point in time at no fault of their own."

Commissioners say regardless of whether Barr resigns, they have asked her not to return to work.

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