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County clerk investigated for misusing employee time

Published On: Feb 26 2014 07:09:13 PM CST

Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs has been reprimanded and could face further punishment for using a county employee's time for personal use. 

Grubbs said she had an error in judgement when she had an employee research the county assessor's records for family property she'd inherited.

Time sheets show the employee noted performing nine hours and 45 minutes of work on project for Grubbs at a cost of $300 in employee benefits and wages. 

"Public trust is important," said Paul Hahn, the chief administrative officer of Butte County.  "The public needs to know that we take care of their resources and tax dollars. So when we have any concerns about we want to look at it all the way through."

Grubbs has been the Butte County clerk-recorder for 27 years and is up for re-election in June.  Currently she's running unopposed.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey will decide what further action, if any, Grubbs will face.