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Mercer County Treasurer Keeps Job But Asked Not To Return

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Mercer County Treasurer Mike Bertelsen still has a job Tuesday evening, but the board does not want him to come back to work.

Bertelsen was invited to answer board members questions in an open session, but Bertelsen did not show up.

After a 15 minute closed session, the board approved a new resolution dealing with its treasurer.

The Mercer County Board unanimously approved giving the chairman the power to remove Mike Bertelsen if he shows up to work again, and to keep him out by several means.

Chairman Jeff McWhorter asked Bertelsen to stop showing up to work so the county's audit for 2012 can begin. Bertelsen had been showing up to work all last week after being arrested and charged with stealing $13,000 from the county's 911 fund. If Bertelsen does reappear to work now, the chairman will have the authority to remove him from the building. He can change the locks on the treasurer's office or the county can pursue civil legal action along with its criminal case.

"Just going to impair the auditors from doing their job, if they're looking into that department specifically they don't want him there interfering in any of their investigations," says Chairman Jeff McWhorter.

The county board did approve moving forward with its regular audit, and if that audit were to find anything, then it would move forward with the next phase of its forensic audit, which it started last fall.

Bertelsen will continue to receive his county paycheck.

TV-6 knocked on Bertelsen's door to get his take on the board resolution.

He did not answer.