Eldridge City Council votes to remove longtime city clerk

Published: Oct. 27, 2022 at 5:43 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2022 at 10:43 AM CDT

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) - The Eldrige City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove its longtime city clerk Denise Benson.

The move came after a closed-session meeting. According to a resolution passed by the council, Benson is accused of using a city credit card for personal use on multiple occasions despite her signed acknowledgment that using a city credit card for personal use will be grounds for immediate termination.”

On Oct. 17, the council passed a resolution for the state auditor’s office to conduct an audit.

At this time, no criminal charges have been filed against Benson.

TV6 reached out to the state auditor’s office, which confirmed it is investigating. Auditor Rob Sand added that the investigation currently is in the administrative process.

Mayor Frank King said the audit, which is expected to begin in the middle of November, could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

The city’s three remaining clerks are picking up the work that Benson was doing, he added.